France overseeing a previous workshop participant floating paper on the albumen solution.
At this year’s F295′s symposium you will have the chance to learn everything there is to know about albumen printing! Not only that, but you’ll have the chance to learn it from an expert in historic photographic processes—France Scully Osterman!
France Scully Osterman is an artist and educator based in Rochester, NY. She is best known and has received much well deserved recognition for her exhibition “Sleep” featured in Art in America, Paris Photo Magazine, and the Village Voice. She also has extensive knowledge of other historic processes like photogenic drawings, wet and dry-plate collodion, and salt print methods.
An image from her Sleep series… (read more about this series in Photography Beyond Technique >>)
In the workshop participants will examine negatives to see what kind make the best albumen prints, what a good albumen print should look like, and what to expect from different types of negatives. Then Osterman will cover the albumen printing process and everyone will get to crack and whip egg whites with her! You will make the albumen solution and coat the photo paper, then have an explanation of the solutions that follow. You absolutely won’t want to miss this fascinating hands-on workshop!
Albumenized paper hanging to dry.
On the second day of the workshop participants will sensitize and process as many prints as time allows in the entire day. Negatives will be provided for printing but participants are invited to bring their own (8×10″ or smaller) with approval from the instructor.
A few prints France brought to share with the class.
A selection of prints made by workshop participants.