"Carbon Printing"
with Don Nelson
July 16-21 2023
Registration Deadline: June 16, 2023

Workshop Fee:
(does not include food & lodging)

Save up to 25% off tuition with a combination of any 2 of the following discounts:

Early Bird Discount: 
An early registration by 
MAY15, 2023
Qualifies for a 10% discount on your workshop tuition.

Back to Back Discount:
Register and attend two classes consecutively and   receive one night of your B&B stay FREE!  Also receive a 10% discount off the second weeks tuition

Bring a Friend Discount: 
15% off available when you both sign up for the same workshop.
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Since the invention of Carbon transfer printing in 1864 by Joseph Swan, Carbon prints have been admired as the king of the alternative processes with fine details and deep blacks. Until the 1930’s, Carbon prints were sought out for both longevity and as the printing means for fine art. Carbon tissues of many colors were made by many firms for the hobbyist as well as the commercial printers. After the Great depression of the 1920’s, carbon tissues became unavailable commercially and the process became more difficult. Now as carbon transfer printers, we must create a workflow that creates our own carbon tissues in whatever colors we desire, and then master the development process. While not an easy process, you can create a personal workflow that will yield stunning carbon transfer prints.

This workshop breaks down all the barriers to your success with Carbon transfer printing. In this workshop, you will go away with the basics and the start of your personal workflow for monochrome single transfer printing.

 You will learn:
How to select the proper pigments, make glop (pigmented gelatin solution used to create carbon tissue), and pour your own carbon tissue.
How to determine the UV exposure and the tissue sensitizer concentration to make optimal prints.
How to create a digital negative from your own digital images (or use your own in-camera negatives). And how to linearize the curve to allow your print to look like your digital display.
While we will focus on making digital negatives, you can also explore the carbon printing using in-camera negatives (which you must bring to the workshop already prepared)
How to size the final art paper support for the carbon print using PVA or gelatin, or using fixed-out photo paper.
How to mate the exposed tissue to the final support, and develop the final print using just hot water.
techniques to finish, spot and mount your prints.
common problems and how to solve them.
safety in the darkroom with dichromated gelatin processes.
By the end of the workshop, you will be making good carbon transfer prints using a workflow that you can continue to customize to your own working style.

By mastering the single transfer monochrome process, you will have the basics should you wish to explore double transfer, or color carbon printing.


Don began his photography in the early 1970’s with 35mm but soon moved to 6x7 and 4x5 cameras followed by 8x10, 7x17 and 12x20 cameras. In 1984 Don began experimenting with alternative processes including Platinum, Palladium, Kallitypes, Cyanotypes, and gum printing. In 1985, Don saw a fellow student’s experimental carbon print in Rod Klukas’ large format class at Scottsdale Community college. Don began to learn the process of making Carbon prints starting with the limited literature available – Crawford’s “Keepers of the Light”. Don moved to digital negatives (in-camera scanned and digital medium format) after after taking a Dick Arentz Platinum class (at the Formulary!) with Mark Nelson teaching his PDN system. Digital negatives make alternative processes, including Carbon, a lot easier than in-camera negatives because of repeatability and the ability to dog/burn prior to making the negative. Don continued to develop his Carbon printing workflow and then assisted Sandy King at his workshops which resulted in Sandy King asking Don to co-author his new Carbon book (Routledge publisher – Carbon Transfer Printing, by Sandy King, Don Nelson, and John Lockhart) . When Sandy decided to retire from teaching Carbon workshops, he called and asked Don to take over teaching at the Formulary.

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