View Full Version : Carbon printing workshop in Vacouver, Canada?

03-01-2011, 12:19 AM
I would be interested in giving a week-end workshop in Carbon Printing this summer up in your area.

I would like to keep the cost low, but to do so there would have to be the interest in the Vancouver area, a place to give the workshop, and some basic equipment available. This would keep me from having to haul a van load of equipment (trays, UV light source, chemicals, etc) up from California.

We would need a place for the workshop, as I mentioned -- hopefully at little or low cost (as in a large private darkroom or university). A place to park my VW campervan so I would not have to pay for a motel would also be great...perhaps a local campground (but not an "RV park").

The workshop would cover all aspects of making carbon prints and could work one or two ways:

1) I make all the carbon tissue at home and bring them with me -- the workshop would be all day Saturday and Sunday (unless the participants prefer weekdays) and we would print with the tissue I bring (but we would still make some tissue during the workshop, but would not be able to use them.)


2) We meet on a Wednesday afternoon/evening and make the tissue -- it takes two days to dry, so we would print with it on Saturday and Sunday. We would need space to set all the tissue out to dry, with a fan or two blowing on them for the first 12 hours or so. I'd probably go off and photograph the Thursday and Friday.

Either way, the goal is to have the participants making carbon prints -- and gain enough knowledge and experience to carry on with the process after the workshop.

If there are 5 people interested, I think we could keep the cost to about $200 each (US or Canadian dollars). If the venue is large enough, I could handle eight participants.

Any interest?


Dave Swinnard
03-01-2011, 10:32 AM
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03-01-2011, 09:55 PM
Lemme know if you ever decide to make the drive over the great divide to Ontario. if there's room, you could even park your Westy where mine used to sleep :(

03-02-2011, 01:44 AM
A carbon printing workshop is something that could actually tempt me over to the mainland. With enough lead time, I'd make the trip over from the Island. I'm already talking to a possible locum for the summer, but would have to pin down dates reasonably soon.

03-02-2011, 10:00 AM
We have a venue and the dates are Friday, June 24th from 6pm to 9pm, and Saturday June 25th from 10am to 6pm (or until we get too tired to continue!)

Friday will be a quick over-view of the process and everyone will make a print each as a test to prepare for a full day of printing on Saturday.

I will be making all the tissue prior to the workshop (freshly poured carbon tissue takes a couple days to dry), but we will make some tissue Saturday morning so that everyone has experience with that part of the process -- we just will not be able to print with it.

The goal of the workshop is to give the participants the knowledge and experience of the carbon printing process so that they can make carbon prints in their own darkroom.

For logistical and learning reasons, I would like to keep the negatives to 7x9 inches or smaller.

The workshop will be limited to 8 people. The cost will be $200 -- US or Canadian, your choice. There will need to be a minimum of 4 participants for the workshop to go.

Registration for the workshop will not begin for another two weeks.