Carbon is one of the oldest of all photographic processes, having been introduced more or less in its present form in 1864 by the Englishman Joseph W. Swan. It is a contact printing process that gives a final image that consists of a pigment suspended in hardened gelatin. Carbon is without question one of the premier photographic processes in history as regards image quality. Prints made with the carbon process have a unique image quality characterized by surface relief and can be made in a wide range of colors and tones, the choice limited only by the availability of suitable tissue. Carbon prints are also highly permanent, as stable if not more so than platinum prints.
The carbon transfer workshop at the Photographers Formulary will provide detailed hands-on instruction that will teach students every step of this fascinating but complicated process. All of the various steps in making a carbon print will be explored in depth, including sensitizing carbon tissue to make it sensitive to UV light, preparation of final support papers, mating the sensitized and exposed tissue with a final support, and development of the carbon print in warm water. The students will also learn how to make carbon tissue, and to size and harden art papers as supports for the final carbon image.
The workshop will explore in detail the Sensitometry of carbon printing with both analog film negatives and with digital negatives. Specific instruction will be provided on exposing and developing negatives for printing with carbon, and in making digital negatives.
The carbon transfer workshop will be taught by Sandy King, a fine art photographer from South Carolina who is one of the most experienced carbon printers in the world. He has published numerous articles on carbon printing in both print and on-lines sources, including Photovision, Silvershotz and View Camera and has conducted numerous workshops on carbon printing in the USA and abroad.
Save up to 25% off tuition
An early registration by the 30th of April 2017 qualifies for a 15% discount on your workshop tuition.
**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
Remember our bring a friend Discount 10% is available when you both sign up for the same workshop