Teen photographers can now spend two weeks learning alternative and non-silver photographic processes at the Workshops

Join us in the new historic process laboratory this summer - and learn to make hand made photographs in the darkroom ! We'll work with 19th C. processes: the cyanotype, gum bichromate, salted paper and collodion as well as a large mural on cloth. In this workshop  you will develop your personal photography in a completely new way.


Through daily discussions, critiques, assignments and experimentation, participants photograph with a newfound understanding of photo history and technique. Students experiment with plastic cameras and a variety of formats and discover the possibilities of working with various light capturing devices. From 11x14 pinhole cameras to 4x5 and 8x10 view cameras, students learn the advantages, excitement, and craft of creating photographs with new tools. Students create both paper negatives and conventional film negatives in large formats with the available large format cameras. 

With negatives made in the field, students explore the artistic possibilities of working in non-silver, antique and alternative processes. Brenton demonstrates a number of hand applied emulsion processes while teaching his students to use the techniques just as photographers have over the years.  Students make contact prints on Salted paper, Kallitypes, Cyanotype, and Gum Bichromate. As students master these new shooting, processes and printing techniques, a new portfolio of work develops. 


This two-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. Students must have a solid grasp of darkroom techniques. Admission is by completion of the Young Photographers or Advanced Young Photographers workshops, by portfolio review, or by permission of the instructor.

What you will learn:

Students leave this workshop with a complete single portfolio of work for college preparation or future photography work. Hands on experience with a variety of different paper types and cameras, also a solid grasp of historical photographic knowledge and technique.

What you will need:

Students should bring a 35mm manual film camera, lens, and film. Unfortunately Maine Media doesn’t have film, film cameras or paper available for loan or purchase. A supply list will be provided near the time of the course.

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critique, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.

We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning.

Tuition Note: includes room and board


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

© Mark Dawson

Course Dates

Jul 19 to Aug 1



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