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Handmade Azo Gelatin Photographic Paper

Wednesday, April 1—Friday, April 3, 2020, All Day, George Eastman Museum

Tuition: $650 ($625 members), plus $90 materials fee

Workshop for 6 participants

The invention of “gaslight” photographic paper in the 1890s allowed photographers to contact print from their own negatives at home using the household gas light as both a safe light and the illumination for printing. This product was well known in America as Kodak AZO Paper. Today it is contact printed using an ordinary household light and developed with conventional paper developers.

Historic Process Specialist Nick Brandreth will guide participants through the procedures of making this simple gelatin photographic paper emulsion. The workshop will include how to hand-coat the silver chloride Azo emulsion onto plain and baryta-coated papers, as well as printing and processing. Participants will also receive tips on how to vary the contrast of this easy-to-make emulsion. This is a great entry-level workshop for the curious and those who would like to build upon the basics of gelatin photographic technology at the twilight of its manufacture.

Process Historian Mark Osterman will also present a lecture on the evolution of emulsions and show rare examples of gelatin silver photographs by the masters of photography from the George Eastman Museum archives. Each participant will receive a complete set of step-by-step instructions and other readings on the topic of gelatin emulsion making. They will also receive a manual on making the emulsion, written by ex-Kodak Emulsion Engineer Ron Mowry, along with a George Eastman Museum work apron.

Audience: Limited to 6 participants, this 3-day workshop is suitable for fine arts photographers, students, teachers, and anyone interested in discovering the beauty and potential of this amazing process. No experience necessary.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop 30 days before the session’s start date will result in a refund minus a $300 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made fewer than 30 days before the workshop’s 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.

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

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