Historical & Alternative Processes

In an age of digital perfection and digital reproduction there are many artists who look backwards and sideways to create something new and different. Many look to historical and alternative photographic processes as an antidote to digital perfection, exchanging computer for darkroom, perfection for the unpredictable, machine made for hand made.

To many, alternative processes are alchemy. Weighing and mixing raw chemicals, coating papers, exposing papers to sunlight, washing, fixing and toning the final image to create a one off, an unique and irreproducible image. The antithesis of digital photography.

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    • Melanie King – Caffenol-C Film Developing Workshop



      © Melanie King Caffenol-C Film Developing Workshop Join exhibiting artist Melanie King in a one day workshop which explores alternative film developing processes. This workshop demonstrates how to create a developer for photographic film and paper using coffee, vitamin-c and soda crystals. Caffenol is a great way to begin experimenting with plant-based developers. You will need to bring one ‘completed’ black and white film, at 400 ISO (preferably Ilford HP5 or Kentmere 400). The workshop will take place at Photofusion Darkrooms on Sunday 10th July, 1pm – 5pm. Address: Photofusion Gallery, 27 Brixton Station Road, London, England, SW9 8QQ

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    • Alternative Processes | Salt Printing & Kallitypes

      Historical & Alternative Processes

      On this one-day, hands-on alternative processes workshop you will learn how to make one of the earliest forms of photograph, a salt print.

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      Dates: 7th August 2022
      Days: Sunday
      Time: 11:00 - 17:30
      Length: 1 Day
      Tutor: Paul Ellis
      Fee: £175.00
      Places: 2 places left
    • Alternative Processes | Salt Printing



      On this one-day hands-on alternative processes workshop you will learn how to make one of the earliest forms of photograph, a salt print. Image © Tamsin Green, made during a previous Salt Printing course here at Photofusion. The day starts with a short introduction to the history and methods of salt printing before we move to the darkroom to learn about the chemicals involved and how to mix them. We then coat the paper and then make our first test exposures under UV light. From this first test print we make a final print, wash and fix the image and

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      Dates: 2nd October 2022
      Days: Sunday
      Time: 11:00 - 17:30
      Length: 1 Day
      Tutor: Paul Ellis
      Fee: £175.00
      Places: 4 places left
    • Alternative Processes | Van Dyke Printing

      Van Dyke Printing Workshop

      In this one-day hands-on alternative processes printing workshop you will learn one of the most charming historical processes, Van Dyke Brown and Van Dyke Blue prints.

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