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  • Diana Bloomfield - Tri-color Gum Bichromate Printing

    June 25 — 30, 2017
    Medium: Photography           
    Level:  All Levels
    Tuition:  $625 | Lab Fee: $95

    Come and visit the beautiful NC mountains learning how to print in the 19th century photographic process of gum bichromate. Using color separation negatives (made via 21st century technology), we will learn how to make multi-layered, tricolor gum bichromate prints on watercolor paper.  A specific emulsion of watercolor pigment, potassium dichromate, and gum arabic is carefully brushed on watercolor paper.  After drying, a digital negative is placed on top, exposed to UV light, and then “developed” in plain tap water.   With repeated coatings and careful negative registration, layers are slowly built until a rich color image is achieved.  We will also explore one-coat monochrome prints, made using b&w negatives.  This is an infinitely creative process, full of possibilities and surprises.  No prior experience with this type of printing is necessary, so join me for 5 days of fun and experimentation with this always interpretive, intuitive, and uniquely creative photographing printing process. Once you experience the joy of gum printing, you will never be the same!     

    Diana Bloomfield has been an exhibiting photographer for over thirty years.  She has received numerous awards for her images, including a 1985 New Jersey State Visual Arts Fellowship, and five Regional Artist Grants from the United Arts Council of Raleigh, NC, most recently for 2015-16.  She was a Critical Mass Finalist in 2014. She holds an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from North Carolina State University.

    Specializing in 19th century printing techniques, Diana's images have been included in a number of books, including Pinhole Photography: Rediscovering a Historic Technique (3rd Edition), by Eric Renner; Robert Hirsch's Exploring Color  Photography Fifth Edition: From Film to Pixels (2011); Christina Z. Anderson's Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing  Processes (2013); Jill Enfield's Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques (2013); in Christopher James' The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (3rd Edition, March 2015); and, most recently, in Christina Z. Anderson's Gum Printing:  A Step-by-Step Manual, Highlighting Artists and their Creative Practice (2016).

    Her work has been featured in the Pinhole Journal; The World Journal of Post-Factory Photography; Chinese Photography; Shadow & Light; SxSE (South x Southeast); Diffusion; and Silvershotz.   Diana is also a contributing writer for Don't Take Pictures. Her work is in a number of public and private collections, including the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, located in Santa Fe, NM, and North Carolina State University's Gregg Museum of Art & Design, in Raleigh, NC.

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    Commuter Price (staying off-campus): Tuition, lab fee & meals: (opening reception, 2 dinners, 5 lunches) - total $885

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