Charles Altschul led the transition of Maine Media Workshops + College to non-profit status and served as its President from 2006 – 2011. He Received his B.A. and M.F.A. from Yale University where he also held a faculty appointment as Senior Lecturer. Altschul founded the New Overbrook Press in 1982 (now Camden Hills Press) to publish handcrafted artist books, most notably an illustrated folio signed by Nobel prizewinning author Samuel Beckett. In 1991, he moved to Camden, Maine to become Director of Education at the Eastman Kodak Center for Creative Imaging, a facility that pioneered the teaching of digital arts. Subsequently, Altschul worked with several art schools, including the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, to integrate digital technologies into their curricula. In 1997, he created the nation’s first B.F.A. program in Multimedia at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Working in both 500-year-old as well as cutting edge technologies, Altschul’s work as an artist and teacher stems from contemporary as well as historical perspectives.
An old Chinese proverb states that a picture is worth a thousand words, but the communicative and emotive power of pictures increases exponentially when they are combined with words. Letterpress printing, with its 550-year history, has influenced typography and the written word more than any other technology in history. Modern inkjet technology, with its ability to predictably reproduce an astonishing tonal range, has revolutionized the photographic process.
These two printing methods are united in this workshop, which explores the combination of words and images in striking and innovative ways. Participants learn how to seamlessly combine ICC color managed inkjet printing workflow with the three-dimensional tactile quality of handset and printed type. Each participant creates word-image hybrids that sit beautifully together on luxurious archival paper. Whether for visual artists who love words, or writers who love photography, this workshop affords opportunities to explore new areas of creative expression using the best of “new school” digital fine-art printing with the best of “old school” letterpress relief printing.
The workshop explores new forms of creative expression for photographers, writers, traditionally minded digital artists, and visual poets of all kinds. With long careers in print, photography, design and publishing, former Workshops' President Charles Altschul teaches this workshop utilizing the school's state-of-the art digital lab as well as its new Book Arts Studio. Students should be comfortable with an advanced digital imaging program (Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, etc.) and should arrive for the workshop with finished digital images and texts. No prior letterpress experience is necessary.