Multi-Color Gum Printing from Black and White Negatives
Instructor: Brian Taylor
This hands-on workshop presents what some consider to be the most beautiful of all historic 19th century photographic techniques, the Gum Bichromate printing process. Starting with a simple black and white negative we’ll explore unique methods of transforming them into elegant color images created by hand on watercolor paper.
Gum printing is one of the few alternative processes that allows the photographer to choose the color(s) of the final print. We’ll begin by creating a simple cyanotype on watercolor paper and then slowly and methodically apply a variety of colors -sometimes more than one at a time! resulting in gorgeous full color images that are the direct result of your imagination and desire. Gum printing is a serendipitous photo process, yet one which rewards the patient artist with a truly rare and beautiful full color handmade print.
This workshop will cover a lot of ground including: demonstrations, slides, viewing prints, and hands-on time to explore the process, produce your own imagery, and take home lots of new artwork! This is a class for artists and photographers of all levels who wish to gain a broader understanding of photography’s history and potential by exploring a beautiful color photographic process in a fun and experimental way. Advanced skills in digital or traditional darkroom photography are not assumed or required.
It is advisable that participants supply their own large format negatives (film or digital). Sizes from 4×5″ to 8×10″ are acceptable. If you do not have a negative we can print one on site, or provide you on with which to create.
Class is limited to ten participants.
Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: June 9 & 10, 2012 (Sat. & Sun.)
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm (with break for lunch)
Cost: $350 (In addition: A $25 Lab fee is payable to Brian on the first day of the workshop)
Symposium registration is required to sign up for a workshop
Brian Taylor was born in Tucson, Arizona. He received his B.A. Degree in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego, an M.A. from Stanford University, and his M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico.
Brian is known for his innovative explorations of alternative photographic processes including historic 19th Century techniques, mixed media, and hand made books. He has been a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Polaroid Corporation. His work has been exhibited nationally and abroad in numerous solo and group shows and is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. His work has been published in American Photographer, Photo Asia, Exploring Color Photography, Artworks, and Photographic Possibilities.
Brian has taught photography workshops for institutions including the Friends of Photography, the University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley, Stanford University, Photo Alliance, and the Oklahoma Arts Institute. Brian is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University.