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: ©Deedie Steele


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Past student work (left to right): Eric Smith, Susan Davens, Yvette Yeh, Deedie Steele

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Instructor: Brenton Hamilton

Brenton holds his MFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design. His teaching specialties include, B&W Craft,  Historic Processes, and the History of Photography. Brenton is an enthusiastic workshop leader exhibiting special care and interest in the teaching process and experience for his students.