Dates: TBD
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Class Size: 8
Fee: $8200 (Intensives are not eligible for any promotional offerings)

Summer 2020 Dates Postponed. (Some individual Historic Process courses will have online offerings.)

This specialized intensive is a unique opportunity to study and learn from Brenton Hamilton, a photographic historian and master of nineteenth century processes.  The intensive is a sequence of workshops for you to learn nine different nineteenth century processes, develop a new language for your creative expression and build a portfolio of fine, handmade prints.

The intensive runs a total of nine weeks, including seven weeks of workshops and two mentored weeks.

Images:  ©Brenton Hamilton


The Courses:

The Portfolio | Jun 7th-20th

The kick-off to the program will be a two-week experience in portfolio development to further develop your eye and understanding of your work. In this course you will engage in daily review of your work and split the time between field work, shooting and discussions. Each student will have thorough one-on-one meetings with Brenton throughout the week to consider what kinds of photographs you really want to make, and how to give them shape and form as a group. In the second week, you will concentrate on guided printmaking. Enhancing your skills and fine tuning your technique. You may work in color or black and white – digital or traditional methods. In this dynamic course you'll get to concentrate on your photography and get to know your mentor.

Exploring Alternative Processes | Jun 21st-27th

In this lab-oriented, hands-on learning experience, we will practice and experiment with an extensive menu of 19th century photographic processes. Among many processes that students work with are Cyanotype, Cyanotype on fabrics, salted paper process, Kallitypes, albumen, platinum & palladium, Ziatype, gum bichromate and gum over washes with cyan and platinum, as well as varying toning options. Other topics include large format pinhole photography and film negatives for alternative processes; digital negatives for contact printing; hand-applied emulsions on alternative surfaces; and considerations of paper choices and sizing options. The goal of this workshop is to inspire new directions via the materials and their possibilities.

Advanced Alternative Processes | Jun 28th-Jul 4th

In this advanced course, we'll delve deeper into the many historic processes, allowing you to begin to refine your skills and vision. We'll explore platinum / palladium, and developer and paper choices, salted paper and an array of gold toners, Kallitypes and toners, Argyrotype, Cyanotype, gum bichromate & gum combination techniques, albumen, and Ziatype. In addition, the class also covers introduction to the field-wet-plate process and chemistry. Along with critique and new ideas to motivate and create, the class aims to foster a challenging and progressive environment. History of photography is discussed and tied to the techniques which expand students’ working knowledge and personal connection to the medium. Individual process demonstrations are given on a daily basis and an exploration into varying processes of interest is strongly encouraged.

This course will lead directly into the two mentored weeks Jul 5th-18th

Historic Process Mentoring | Jul 19th-25th

Following the two-weeks of individual mentorship (Jul 5th-18th), we will return to a formal workshop setting where you will select one or two processes to explore in greater depth, with guidance from Brenton. Salted paper, palladium, ziatype, gum bichromate and the collodion process, among others are all paths you may choose to immerse yourself in further. With new found skills, and mentorship under our belt, this week will be a further refinement of your vision, while your body of work continues to grow.

Tri-Color Gum | Jul 26th-Aug 1st

We will spend Week 8 focusing on the Gum bichromate process. Gum bichromate is a magnificent and painterly contact process once prominent in the 19th century that has enjoyed a new resurgence by its practitioners. 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.

Carbon Printing | Aug 2nd-8th

In the culminating week of the intensive, we will focus on the techniques of the beautiful, 1850s carbon transfer technique! You will learn how to create pigmented gelatin and transfer that to supports for final prints in this wonderful, 170 year-old process. Carbon is long in scale, very archival and finely detailed. Your own digital files will be converted to proper digital negatives that we’ll use in the lab to make these prints. You will understand the recipes and materials and a carbon workflow in the laboratory for this fine process. Casting gelatin tissues and making pigments and preparing paper.

Your selected pieces from this class and from the rest of the intensive will be on display at the final Friday celebration of student work, following the weekly lobster dinner. You will leave the intensive with a broad new set of skills and new inspiration in the many noble historic photographic processes!

Please contact Registration for information on room & board fees for intensives at [email protected].

This intensive is not eligible for any promotional offers that may occur.

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Instructor: Brenton Hamilton

Brenton holds his MFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is the Chair of the Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling program at Maine Media College. His teaching specialties include, B&W Craft,  Historic Processes, and the History of Photography at MMC. Brenton is an enthusiastic workshop leader exhibiting special care and interest in the teaching process and for his students.

Past Student Work:

Left to Right: Kerry Michaels x 2, Susanna Pershern, Sarah Dugan, Rick Allred, Isabelle deBlois, Deedie Steele x 2

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