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Gum Bichromate Printing with Brian K. Edwards

Gum Bichromate Printing with Brian K. Edwards


Gum Bichromate Printing

Visiting Artist Instructor: Brian Edwards

Dates: January 19th through 22nd, 2023 (4 Days)

Note: Price includes $200 materials fee


This workshop will focus on the basics of gum bichromate printing. Gum bichromate printing (gum printing) goes back to the very early days of photography when photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot discovered that mixing color pigments with dichromate chemicals mixed with colloids like gelatin and gum arabic formed an image on paper when exposed to light. This resulted in a photographic process that continues to this day and allows the printer to create very beautiful and expressive prints. One can create a print with just one color, or you can combine more than one color to create prints with a range of moods and your result can range from a more realistic, representational print to a more impressionistic print.


This four-day workshop will take place at Foto Forum Santa Fe from January 19th-22nd. The class fee is $2000 per student plus a $200 materials fee. Workshops will be limited to 3-5 participants. Prints will be compiled from gum black, gum magenta, gum yellow, and cyanotype cyan. Students will have time to make 1-3 prints from which Brian will prepare digital negatives. A brief demonstration using a platinum base layer and an overview of the digital negative process will be given at the workshop as well. 


Example prints shown are all gum bichromate over palladium and copyright Brian K. Edwards.


About the Visiting Artist Instructor:

Santa Fe New Mexico based photographer Brian K. Edwards specializes in fine art, travel, and documentary photography. He has photographed extensively in the southwest, across the United States, and internationally. Brian's work has been published in The Hand Magazine and Landscape Magazine and has also been exhibited in numerous galleries, including the Marion Center and the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. 

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