Explore the magnificent and painterly 19th century gum bichromate process!
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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.
Header image credit: Deedie Steele
This workshop is sponsored by:
Past student work (left to right): Eric Smith, Susan Davens, Yvette Yeh, Deedie Steele
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.