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 will also participate in two photographic shoots; one documentary in nature, the other one focusing on stylised retro photography done with the help of models and MUA. 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 fully equipped darkrom, two...
Magical Lower Silesia

Magical Lower Silesia

Magical Lower Silesia is  the only workshop we offer that is not directly about historical photographic methods. It is just that we couldn’t pass up on an opportunity to offer a photographic experience as unique as this one. Lower Silesia – a magical place, full of mysteries and unbelievable history. It is probably the richest region in Poland when it comes to both enchanting landscapes and historical monuments. A place where the golden train was hidden, where miles of underground tunels were dug, where the treasures of Warsaw, Cracow, Poznań and other Polish cities where hidden. Treasures still undiscovered. Lower Silesia is the land over which the Śnieżka mountain with its mythical Karkonosz towers, the land of the magnificient Książ Castle with the ghost of Princess Daisy von Pless who still guards the place where her necklace of pearls is hidden. Lower Silesia is the land of gothic churches, medieval castles, baroque palaces. It is the Polish counterpart of the Loara Valley, none the poorer when it comes to the amount of magnificient architecture. Lower Silesia is the place which just must be photographed in order to document, preserve the beauty of its architecture, often on the way to being irretrievalby lost. Lower Silesia is a special place, a region where the cosmopolitan Wrocław  stands next to the post mining town of Wałbrzych with the only church made of cork in Europe. A land of the Owl Mountains full of WW2 mysteries and the Kłodzko Valley with the oldest stone bridge in Poland (in Kłodzko) and of the spas with tasty mineral waters. A land of the Table Mountains where...
Field workshops – what they are

Field workshops – what they are

Field workshops offer a unique combination of intensive photographic practice, including both taking our own pictures and mastering the chosen technique under supervision of an experienced instructor. This way the time we spend together is not limited to just the time of photographic practice.  Once this is over we can sit together at a good supper, drink a glass of ale and talk… about photography or anything else that we find...
Technical workshops – what they are

Technical workshops – what they are

Technical workshops are where we concentrate only on mastering a particular photographic technique. Rather than divide our time between darkroom practice and photographic sessions we focus entirely on the technical aspects of the process basing our practical work on negatives prepared by the instructor...
Creative Workshops – what they are

Creative Workshops – what they are

Creative workshops combine an opportunity to master a particulat technique with a chance to enrich your portfolio with pictures you take yourself. Rather than limit ourselves to practising the technique using negatives prepared by the tutor, we offer an opportunity to shoot your own photographs that will constitute basis for further practice during the...