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Albumen & Salted Prints Workshop

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014
May 24 & 25, 2014 | 10:00am - 4:00pm

A calotype negative contact printed on salted paper was the first lens-based process to register a reproducible image. In the early 1840�s, William Henry Fox Talbot invented the method when he discovered that combining silver nitrate with salt on a sheet of paper resulted in a chemical reaction that was light sensitive. In the 1850�s Louis Desire Blanquart-Evrard developed the albumen paper printing technique, which soon became the dominant - and first commercially oriented method - of reproducing an image from a camera.

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn the historical applications of each method, experiment with various coating techniques and discuss paper selection as well as how to produce the best negative for contact printing. They will make contact prints from botanicals and negatives from their own archives.

Participants will also build their own contact printing frames and prepare salted albumen for future use, enabling them to continue to develop their skills in these methods beyond the workshop.

Open to all Levels
Workshop is limited to 6 participants / min 4
Register and pay online >>
(We require a $100 non-refundable deposit to secure you space in this workshop.)

BRIEF ITINERARY (subject to change)

Day 1: Introductions and overview
Begin albumen preparations
Presentation on history of photogenic drawing, the calotype and salt printing processes
Make contact printing frame
Brush techniques for coating and sensitizing paper
Produce salt prints from botanicals or negatives

Day 2: Presentation on the albumen printing process
Finish albumen preparations
Discuss what makes a good negative for albumen printing
Floating techniques for coating and sensitizing paper
Expose, process and fix albumen prints


- Botanicals - fresh or dried.
- Work clothes; that you don't mind getting dirty * Aprons, gloves & eye protection are available at the studio.
- Negatives (film or paper) for printing.
If students wish to enlarge negatives, this can be done at Luz prior to the workshop (a fee may be applicable)
Notes: Please note that for both salted paper and albumen printing, relatively dense, high contrast negatives yield the best results.


Materials to build your own 11x14 contact printing frame (yours to take home!), paper & transparencies for printing... We expect you will make between 5-7 salted prints and 4-6 albumen prints.

Cost: General: $375+tax
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Workshops (Arts)
Location: LUZ Studios
569b Hillside Avenue, Victoria
This event is for Adults
More Info: L�z Studios
[email protected]
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