Explore the magnificent and painterly 19th century process of gum bichromate printing from digital negative.

Gum bichromate is a magnificent and painterly contact process once prominent in the 19th century that has enjoyed a new resurgence by its practitioners. In this week, you will learn to make digital negatives color separations from your digital files or color film. You will also learn to be comfortable with the fundamentals of the three-color gum bichromate process, including paper selection and preparations such as shrinking and sizing and coating techniques. While the gum process can be challenging it is both rewarding and fun. It's a flexible, painterly process where you will find many new possibilities along the way to expand your historic process palette.

Instructors

Brenton Hamilton

BH photo by Kari Wehrs

 

Raised in Maine, Brenton Hamilton is an educator and a working studio artist living in Rockland, Maine. Hamilton’s earliest years were growing up on the Maine coast on Clapboard Island near Falmouth, Maine. Brenton attended the University of Maine and Maine Photographic Workshops completing studies in 1985 and later earned a baccalaureate degree from LaGrange College in Design, Magna Cum Laude in 1990 and an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 1992.

Hamilton has led classes and critiques at Maine Media Workshops for over two decades and his specialty areas include the history of photography, B&W darkroom craft and the 19th century historic processes. Brenton lectures widely both in Maine and nationally about contemporary issues in photography, its history and other subject area interests within the medium and contemporary trends. He is also on the adjunct faculty at and teaches many historic process courses at The Center of Alternative Processes also in New York. Brenton is a contributing writer and president of Obscura, founded in 2009, a nonprofit organization devoted to the progress of youth education in photography and books.

His work is represented at TILT Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona and Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland, Maine. Hamilton’s photographs are held in permanent collections at the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, the permanent collection at the University of New England and many significant private collections nationally. His first monograph was published by Obscura Press in 2010: The Blue Poet Dreams. In 2015 Brenton was named Curator, of:  Silver & Salt an exhibition that will be held in Maine during The Year of the Photograph at PhoPa Gallery Portland, Maine.

Also view: www.brentonhamiltonstudio.netwww.obscuraweb.org/

 

What Brenton's students have said:

"Brenton Hamilton is an outstanding teacher. He's makes learning the different processes exciting and enjoyable."

- Sue Lynch, Plymouth, PA

 

"Brenton is very passionate about what he does and you can expect him to be committed to making your work as great as possible."

- Kat Clark, Racine, WI

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