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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.

Workshops in Montana 7079 Hwy 83 Condon MT 59826  
Call to inquire about your event - (800) 922-5255 or email: formulary@blackfoot.net
Carbon Printing with QTR Digital Negatives
With Sandy King
Date: July 14-19, 2018   Cost: $895.00

​Sandy King taught at Clemson University from 1971 until he retired in 2006. He has been a fine art photographer since the early 1970s, printing with carbon transfer, kallitype, platinum/palladium and Van Dyke. For over two decades, King has devoted much of his time to carbon printing with publication of personal work in Photovision, Silvershotz and View Camera. He has conducted carbon printing workshops in the US and in numerous countries abroad, including Canada, China, Mexico, Spain and Turkey. King is the author of numerous publications, including scholarly works on the history of photography as well as technical articles and books on hand made printing processes. His most recent publications include, Handcrafted: The Art and Practice of the Handmade Print, co-authored with Christina Z. Anderson, Zhong Jiaming and Sam Wang, Zhejiang Photographic Publishing Company, Hangzhou, 2014, and The Carbon Print Process, co-authored with John Lockhart, 2017. Please visit his website to see more of his photography and writings.
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Save up to 25% off tuition with a combination of any 2 of the following discounts:

Early Bird Discount: 
An early registration by the 30th of April 2019 qualifies for a 15% 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 10% off available when you both sign up for the same workshop.