Alternative Process and Palladium Printing

This is an experimental course which introduces students to historical techniques to augment their contemporary vision. Assignments in darkroom and digital negative making, cyanotype, van dyke, and pin hole photography lead the student to a broader understanding of the possibilities of photograph

Palladium printing is a 19th century photographic process that yields an exquisite archivally sound image with a long and rich tonal range. In this class, students will use large format negatives and an ultraviolet light source to produce a final image of pure palladium. We will focus on making the appropriate negative, the subtleties of hand-coated emulsion and the importance of paper choice. Since this is a contact process, knowledge of large format will enhance your experience, although we will cover enlarging techniques for 35mm negatives as well.

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