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Albumen Printing

Wednesday, September 25–Friday, September 27, 2019, All Day, George Eastman Museum

Tuition: $450 ($425 members), plus $60 materials fee
Workshop for 6 participants

A new offering by popular demand: a stand-alone 3-day workshop in albumen paper printing! Invented in 1850, albumen printing remained the most popular printing process for the next 30 years. The process prints images with light rather than through chemical development.

In this workshop you will learn every step of the process, including preparing the albumen and coating the paper, sun printing, variants on traditional toning, mounting prints with wheat starch paste, and burnishing. Negatives will be provided, as negative making is not part of this workshop.

A work apron and manual with all the formulas and instructions are included. The group will also view rare examples of original salted paper prints by Julia Margaret Cameron, William Henry Jackson, Gustave Le Gray, and others from the George Eastman Museum’s collection.

Audience: Limited to 6 participants, this 3-day workshop is suitable for fine art photographers, educators, and anyone interested in the evolution of photography. No experience necessary.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop 30 days before the session’s start date will result in a full refund minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made fewer than 30 days before the workshop start date. If the workshop is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire tuition will be fully refunded. The George Eastman Museum is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees.

Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The workshop is held at the George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY. Directions can be found here here.

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop; participants must make their own arrangements.

  • The Strathallen is a 15-minute walk from the museum. Visit strathallan.com to make a reservation. 
  • The Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown is a 30-minute walk from the museum, and only an 8 minute drive. Visit their website to make a reservation. 

The museum may take images, still or video, during the workshop and use them for educational and promotional purposes.