An Introduction to Contemporary Salt Printing

An Introduction to Contemporary Salt Printing

7 October 2017 - 8 October 2017
11:00 - 17:00
Brittonie Fletcher

Photography's birth is typically understood as being in the mid-19th Century and while the term "photography" was coined then, experimentation with optical devices, as well as photochemical properties and reactions has been explored for centuries. 

While digital media's popularity has surpassed mass use of chemical photography (now thought of as "alternative photography") there has been a strong movement to re-embrace these printing practices. 

Salt printing is one of the earliest photographic techniques still widely practiced today and we will explore how this historic method of printmaking is still relevant for the contemporary photographer.

This course is suitable for beginners and experienced photographers wanting to brush up on skills and learn some new tricks. It is also a perfect weekend introduction to Alternative Processes and will provide excellent structure for future exploration and enable you to work confidently on your own creative projects. 

The course will:

  • Include a short history of the process 
  • Guide you through the steps involved in chemical preparation
  • Enable you to walk in the footsteps of Henry Fox Talbot (credited as the father of photography on paper and negatives) and Julia Margaret Cameron (one of the most notable photographers of the 19th century) to make your own salt prints!
  • Guide you in negative preparation for making a negative perfect for the process.
  • Provide you with comprehensive instructions so that you can make your own prints at home.
Please Note: Sample negatives and photogram material will be provided to work with if you do not have your own.

Course Outline

Day 1:

  • Summary overview of the process
  • Explanation of all equipment and chemistry
  • Relevant chemical Health and Safety
  • Discussion of different papers and materials 
  • Paper ‘sizing’
  • Paper Negatives
  • Preparing solutions
  • Chemistry application 
  • Exposing & developing

Day 2:  

  • Creating the digital negative
  • Correct mediums for digital negatives
  • Discussion of Negative density
  • Preparing the file
  • Printing
Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

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