Down here in Australia we have one of particularly noteworthy repute, Gold Street Studios, based in the sleepy, small farming community in Trentham East, Victoria (Google map it), conveniently a few hundred metres from an historic pub, the Pig & Whistle, dating from the gold rush era. And yes, Ron, silver gelatin is also represented.
Principal Ellie Young guides participants through virtually every alternative process you have heard, and quite a few no doubt you have never heard of! It's a gem of a place and workshops are always in demand and fill quickly.
• Gold Street Studios
In Denmark we employ the concept of the Folk High Schools and our very own APUG'er Gandolfi teaches Alt. Processes at one of those in Vraa. I'm going to attend two of his courses next month!
The Art Institute of Boston, part of Lesley University, has a Masters Program in Photography which includes a lot of alternative process work. Many of the students from that program have been very active buyers of vintage gear at the Photographica shows.
Chiba University has a full line of courses in photography. There are several other schools in Japan that teach photography up to the PhD level.
Santa Fe University of Art and Design (could they come up with a worse name?) has an Alt. process course in the spring. We're actively trying to get more people from that school and the local community to participate in workshops/mentor program here in SFe to teach these techniques.
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Virtually all of these courses are qualitative and teach only the barest rudiments of the process of making a photographic material. You might as well just buy a kit and use the stuffer in the box to explain the process.
University of Alaska is offering a course this summer (2013): Historical and Alternat
hmm, title cut off and can't fix... so:
University of Alaska is offering 3 courses this summer (2013).
1. a 12-week course: JRN (Journalism) F495-F81, Historical and Alternative Photo Processes, CRN 53080 (cross-listed with Art)
May 28-August 16,
Also a couple weekend courses (info copied because not sure info available off-network; general info: http://www.uaf.edu/summer/weekend-focus/):
2. Cyanotypes - 52687 - ART F040 - F01 Spend the weekend learning how to make your own photo sensitive paper that can be exposed using just the sun! Learn how to print large-scale "digital negatives" of any image, digital or film-based, and print blue-toned images on watercolor paper while enjoying a sunny day. Easy to learn and replicate at home with cheap supplies. [how often do you see the word 'cheap' used by universities these days!!?]
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3. Van Dyke Browns - 52689 - ART F040 - F02 Spend the weekend learning how to make your own photo sensitive brown-toned paper that can be exposed using just the sun! Learn how to print large-scale "digital negatives" of any image, digital or film-based, and print images using this antique technique on watercolor paper while enjoying a sunny day. Easy to learn and replicate at home with inexpensive supplies.
I'm not sure, but as these are non-credit classes, I think they're cheap, ~us$60. Sounds too good to be true, but certainly less than &100-150.
The instructor, Jason Lazarus, is "into it": [ http://m.newsminer.com/news/local_ne...9bb30f31a.html ], [ http://lucidperceptions.com/ ]
I'm thinking of taking it (rudiment or not, it'll teach me something I don't know much about now with opportunity to ask questions of experienced practitioner - I'd love to learn more but hours in the day, money, and distance to GE House preclude me going full-tilt; but something better than nothing!)
Otherwise I'd just waste the money (~$700) on film, or lenses, or food or clothing or rent anyway ...
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Robert J. Liebermann
Eureka Alaska/Vermillion Michigan USA
University of North Florida in Jacksonville offers an Alternative Photographic Processes course that is part of their Art & Design curriculum. The course description is:
"This course will explore alternative ways of imaging with photographic materials. Emphasis will be on historical and contemporary techniques, as well as on the hand-altered photograph and its potential for artistic expression. " Paul Karabinis is the instructor.
van Huyck Photo
"Progress is only a direction, and it's often the wrong direction"
i believe RISD teaches a handful of alt-courses, but not emulsion making.
while taking a workshop at GEH would be a wonderful experience, workshops
which last a few days often cost as much as an entire course at a university ( which last 7 to 9 weeks? ).
when i was a college student ( 1980s ) there were no alt process courses, just silver / trad. darkroom
and i taught myself how to make a simple emulsion ... no internet, no workshop, no mentor ...
just a manual from around 1904.
it was great fun, and an eye opener! but i later used liquid emulsions from a local store
which was much more consistent ( to say the least ).
taking a FULL SEMESTER on making an emulsion ... and USING IT would be a great course IMHO ...
as much ALT and FUN as anything else out there ...
While I think that emulsion making is a highly laudable practice that can give one a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the photographic process, I do not think NOT teaching emulsion making merely mix and stir. First, I feel what goes on prior to and during the moment of initial exposure is paramount. Some of the world's best photographers never even contemplated making emulsions. Those who did their own printing learned to work with the commercially available products and created well crafted prints of excellent photographs. I have known highly skilled photographic technicians whose picturing taking results left much to be desired. I worked with an optical engineer who designed systems for SAC, but whose pictures were boring and sterile.
Originally Posted by Photo Engineer
I find that in any given class there may be a student or two who express interest in the chemistry of analogue photography. Those students are few and far between. Yet many students are producing good work, and small number are turning out wonderful photographs with a very limited understanding how it all works. (Despite my best efforts to stir their curiosity and present at least some theory.) Introducing students to a process such as palladium printing, even if it comes in kit form is an excellent way to spark that curiosity and give them the experience of creating a printing paper with a unique visual quality just by wusing a few simple chemicals. IMHO.