Chloride POP emulsions (collodion and gelatin)

Chloride POP emulsions (collodion and gelatin)

Many photographes feel really nostalgic about the chloride papers that were still manufactured in the late 1990’s. Despite their low speed that require contact printing, they offered unrivalled image quality. Quality so perfect that, even though they disappeared from the market back in 1990’s, we still keep getting asked about their availability. Others are equally nostalgic about the POP (print out papers) materials. And even though these papers stayed in manufacture for a long time, in the US until the early days of the 21st century, they too eventually disappeared from the market. Fortunately, at least the last type is probably the easiest photographic emulsion to make and even those of us who don’t have considerable experience and a professionally equipped lab can make them on their own. Though working in a home darkroom we might find competing with factory made materials difficult (if this is our aim of course), still the materials we make under such conditions will enable us to get magical results And even making photographic papers only marginally different than the factory made ones will prove possible with minimal experience. For everyone interested in this magical process we have prepared a workshop that will enable you to discover the secrets of preparing and using chloride POP emulsions both in their gelatin and collodion versions. The programme of the workshop includes: preparing a silver gelatine chloride POP emulsion learning the basics of emulsion making at the same time, preparing a collodio-chloride POP emulsion, learning different methods of coating emulsion on paper and similar substrata, learning to process POP papers including their toning, learning the most important...
Retro photography – silver based techniques (albumen and saltprint)

Retro photography – silver based techniques (albumen and saltprint)

Retro photography – silver techniques is a workshop introducing participants to the intricacies of two most important silver based alternative processes; the albumen print and the salt print. Those two techniques were used to make most prints created in the first decades of the development of photography, both share many features which makes introducing them in one workshop a natural solution. The participants of our two day course will acquire the skills and information needed to start independent work using both processes. During the workshop they will: learn the history of both techniques, understand the chemistry of the two processes, learn various methods to prepare salted paper, learn to prepare the albumen paper, learn to prepare both glossy and matte albumen paper, prepare themselves both albumen and salted paper which they will use to make their own prints, learn to prepare digital negatives for both processes, learn to prepare large format negatives for both processes, learn to process both albumen and salt prints, learn the basic tools for controlling contrast in both processes. The fee includes: all materials required to make saltprints, all materials required to make glossy and matte albumen prints, practice negatives, unlimited access to a fully equipped darkroom, a handout, UV light sources. Tutor: Radosław Brzozowski, the author of the first Polish textbook on albumen printing. Location: Tricity School of Photography, 34 Wierzbowa St., Gdynia, Poland Maximum number of participants: 6 Date: March 30-31, 2019 Nearest airport: Gdańsk, Lech Wałęsa Airport Price: 190 eu. Though we don’t provide accommodation, we will gladly advice where it can be booked. Zapisz...
Oilprinting workshop

Oilprinting workshop

Oilprint, along with its sister technique of bromoil are among the most beautiful manipulative processes associated with pictorial photography and the American photosecession. It is a painterly technique which, like few others,  allows for a huge level of image manipulation and thus self expression. It’s enough to say that this was the technique of choice of such masters as Gertrude Kasabier. During the two day workshop participants will acquire all the skills necessary to start independent work with this beautiful technique. We will: learn to prepare papers for oilprinting. This way we will once and for all free ourselves from the necessity to hunt down the papers suitable for bromoil printing.  learn to sensitize the papers and prepare a matrix for further oilprinting. finally we will learn the difficult art of inking the matrix so as to bring out and manipulate the image.   We will also learn what tools can be used to create oilprints and practice using them The following will be provided during the workshop: fully equipped darkroom for our practice, papers prepared for oilprinting, papers suitable for preparing oilprinting papers, printing inks, all tools necessary for creating oilprints UV light sources and other tools necessary for exposing images and creating oilprinting matrix. practice negatives tea and coffee during the whole workshop. Instructor: Radosław Brzozowski Dates: February 2-3, 2019 Language: Polish and English Location: Tricity School of Photography, Wierzbowa 34, Gdynia, Poland Price: 190 eu. maximum number of participants: 6 Though we don’t offer accommodation, we will be pleased to offer advice on booking it. You might also enjoy a video about one of our recent projects:...
Albumen workshop

Albumen workshop

Albumen workshop is the only workshop of its kind offering an opportunity the learn to intricacies of of one of the most important techniques in history of photography. The first print making technique that made a real, industrial scale career dominating photography for dozens of years. Suffice it to say, that just one factory making albumenized paper used seventy thousand eggs per day. Albumen print may seem to be a simple technique, in reality, however, it requires considerable knowledge and care in order to get the best results, especially if we aim at full control over the contrast and colour of the print. We offer a two day practical workshop during which we will not only learn to make albumen prints, but also the more advanced elements of the process. We will learn to prepare a variety of albumen recipes, control the print contrast and use a variety of toners. During the workshop we will learn to: Prepare matt and glossy albumenized paper using a variety of recipes, increase the image contrast, sensitize the albumenized paper, expose and process the albumen prints, prepare negatives for albumen printing (both large format and digital negatives), tone the albumen prints, prepare the images for presentation in a conservator friendly way. We also provide an opportunity to print your own negatives (including printing negatives from your own digital files) and to prepare photos in our studio should you wish to do so. The following will be provided for all the participants: materials necessary for albumen printing including toners, papers appropriate for the technique, albumenized papers, all necessary tools, UV light sources, practice negatives, a...
Ambrotype – two day workshop

Ambrotype – two day workshop

Ambrotype – two day workshop is a unique opportunity to learn one of the most beautiful photographic processes. The magic of wetplate photography or, to be more specific, of ambrotypes, hasn’t passed for over 150 years which have passed since the invention of the technique. The image made of silver on glass, magical, glittering with subtle hues fascinates in the 21st century just as much as it did in the 19th. And just as it was in the times when it was invented, for most of us the technique still is a mystery, something almost mistical. It seems that it is even more of a mystery now than in the past. Our two-day workshop in making wetplate ambrotypes will not only allow participants to learn/revise the rules governing wetplate photography but will also offer practical opportunities to use these skills under the tutor’s guidance and with the help of professional models taking part in the workshop. The programme of the workshop covers: a quick revision of using large format cameras, a presentation of the wetplate ambrotype process including chemical recipes, preparing glass for ambrotype photography, coating glass with collodion, sensitizing and processing wetplate, two photographic shoots  with professional models, varnishing the ambrotype, analysis of photographs taken during the workshop. All participants will be provided with: glass plates, chemicals necessary for wetplate including salted collodion, iron developer, fixer, sensitizer and varnish, a darkroom  for preparing and processing wetplates, the garden surrounding the Tricity School of Photography which makes a wonderful setting for wetplate photography, as well as a photographic studio prepared for wetplate work, two professional models for the shoot...
Talbotype – the saltprint

Talbotype – the saltprint

Talbotype – the saltprint is a workshop designed for everyone who not only wants to make prints using this technique, but also to learn to control the contrast and colour of the resulting prints. For the whole two days we will be learning the intricacies of the process so as to get the maximum amount of control over it. Saltprint is one of the oldest photographic techniques, a sister to calotype. Apparently simple, it nevertheless requires considerable knowledge if you want optimal results and control. It is often associated with brownish hues; not entirely correctly. Considered not to be permanent in its heyday and yet, if processed carefully it matches the permanence of most silver based processes.   During the workshop we will learn: to prepare salted paper using various recipes, to control the image contrast, to sensitize paper using glass rod and hake brush, to expose the print and process it in order to obtain the desired permanence and tonality, to make stabilized prints following the oldest method, to tone saltprints. The programme covers: a theoretical introduction, presentation of sample saltprints, preparation of salted paper using different recipes, practical exercises in sensitizing paper, preparing the negative (both a traditional large format negative and a digital one), practical work with practice negatives, practical exercises in controlling contrast, comparing the results obtained by using different recipes, practical toning of saltprints, opportunity to make own photographs using the school studio, opportunity to print digital negatives from participants’ own images (3pcs) matting and presenting the pictures. The price includes all the necessary materials and equipment, particularly: all chemicals required for the process, including...