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2018 Summer Arts - Clay Harmon
19th Century Printing with 21st Century cameras – Shoot and Print!
June 15 - June 16, 2018
Medium: Photography - Platinum/palladium printing
Level: All Levels
Cost: $325 - price includes tuition & healthy, catered lunches each day
(on campus housing available - see below)
Platinum/palladium printing is an historic photographic process which represented the sine qua non - a thing that is absolutely necessary
- of photographic printing practice at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th century. It was considered to be one of the most elegant of the sharper photo-realistic processes available at the time. The process was invented to create a monochrome printing process that involved only chemically inert image forming metals not subject to degradation due to time and atmospheric pollutants.
The same print qualities that attracted the members of the early 20th Century Photo-Secessionists can still be created today with digitally sourced imagery. In this class, you will use modern technology to capture your images in the morning – or use images you already have – and then print them in the afternoon using palladium chemistry, watercolor paper and digital negatives.
In this workshop you will learn to:
- Create digital images that will look good as monochrome prints
- Use Photoshop to edit the images prior to printing
- Print digital negatives of your images
- Mix the light-sensitive chemicals to coat your paper
- Expose and process the paper to create archival, sound monochrome print
For this two day workshop, you will need to have access to some sort of digital camera – even a camera phone will work fine – and ideally some previously acquired images that are available digitally. A scanner will be available for those wanting to make images from collage/assemblage arrangements. A laptop computer is nice, but not absolutely necessary. All equipment and materials will be provided to allow you to print approximately 12, 8x10 images on 11x14 sheets of paper.
Ever since Clay Harmon first viewed a platinum print, he has been creating his art in platinum/palladium and a host of other 19th century photographic print processes such as gum bichromate, cyanotype, and van dyke brown. Somewhere along this fifteen-year journey, he began getting ink under his fingernails and dove headfirst into mastering the photogravure process.
While never one to walk away from taking a pretty landscape picture in the northern latitudes, his favorite subject matter is the quirky world of parking garages, nighttime urban scenes and freeway overpasses, with the occasional statue’s butt, cathedral interior and offbeat portrait thrown in the mix. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and has taught alternative process workshops for the Houston Center for Photography, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and Project Basho in Philadelphia.
He is represented by the DeSantos Gallery in Houston, Texas, and has exhibited work at Fotofest in Houston, Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, Houston Center for Photography, and the Clear Lake Arts Alliance. His work is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and in private collections in the Americas, Europe and the Far East. www.clayharmon.com
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