Director M.F.A. Program in Photography
Lesley University College of Art and Design
700 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215
800-773-0494 X 6684
SUMMER WORKSHOPS - 2014
Santa Fe Workshops
A heads-up regarding my current plans for the summer workshop season. I am planning on spending the summer making work, writing captions for 700 images, and working on production of my new book, the 3rd edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: Third Edition... a 850 page / 700 image beast that is now in the publishers hands and going into production. It will be out next fall sometime. I'm limiting my workshop schedule summer and will begin in Santa Fe at The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, beginning June 22nd and going through July 5th. I'll be doing a Wet Plate Collodion Workshop and an Advanced Alternative Processes: Projects Workshop. In July, on the 26th and 27th I'll be teaching a gum bichromate workshop at The Center For Photography in Woodstock, NY.
© Christopher James, Gellert Baths, Budapest 1983 (gold-toned-Kallitype)
SANTA FE WORKSHOPS:
Advanced Alternative Processes: Projects
June 29 - July 4, 2014
This advanced workshop is designed for visual artists whose portfolios demonstrate a comfortable working knowledge of alternative processes or who have previously attended one of Christopher's alternative processes workshop. The workshop offers photographers a week of processes, working time, a dedicated facility, chemistry and materials with which to refine their skills and focus their energies on a specific project or technique. In recent years there has been a specific interest in wet plate collodion, gum bichromate, and platinum & palladium.
Christopher's workshops provide a dynamic, hands-on, group experience within an energetic and supportive environment. Participants receive continual and personal assistance and immediate feedback on work in progress, along with an enthusiastic one-on-one exchange of working concepts, ideas, history, and techniques. Individual process demonstrations will be provided on request.
Using Christopher's The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, Second Edition as the workshop text, we are equipped to handle a wide range of processes, including: wet plate collodion, platinum / palladium, salted paper, albumen, kallitype, argyrotype, cyanotype, gum bichromate and gum combination techniques, Ziatype, and other processes and techniques that suit your needs. We also have a digital negative production setup in the facility. While most of our printing is done in the sun, UV exposure units are available.
This is an ideal workshop to combine with the Wet Plate Collodion Workshop, June 22 - 27. Christopher's workshops are a lot of fun so come prepared to spend a creative week, with a great group of artists, working in-depth on an alt process technique, project, or portfolio.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, Pro photographers and artists
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Familiarity with alternative processes, or a process, would be helpful but not required.
© Christopher James, Rebecca & Wisteria 9-1-2010 (wet plate collodion)
Wet Plate Collodion Workshop (Wet Collodion Road Show)
July 22 - 27, 2014
This workshop offers photographic artists the opportunity to learn the beauty and complexity of the historical wet-plate collodion process from a contemporary perspective. Christopher provides a dynamic, hands-on, group experience in an energetic and supportive environment. Participants receive continual assistance and immediate feedback on works in progress, along with an open exchange of working concepts, ideas, history, and techniques. Demonstrations, and learning through repetition, successes, and failure, are a continuous part of the workshop. A sense of wonder, an appreciation of the accidental, and a sense of humor are especially helpful.
Using Christopher's definitive reference text, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: 2nd Edition, and the new wet plate collodion chapter from his upcoming 3rd Edition, as our guides, we will make wet-plate collodion ferrotypes and ambrotypes. Christopher will have several antique cameras and lenses to work with, and all chemistry, tanks, and plates are provided. If you are interested in obtaining an inexpensive antique wet plate camera and lens of your own, Christopher will help you locate one.
We will begin learning about the process in our dedicated Workshop facility and then get on the road to make wet-plate collodion images using New Mexico as our studio. Plans include a location day in a Hollywood western movie set and other locations that will provide a variety of location options and opportunities.
Christopher's workshops are a lot of fun, so bring your sense of humor and adventure and a curiosity about this magical process.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, Pro photographers and artists in all visual disciplines
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Familiarity with photographic processing techniques and chemistry would be helpful but not required.
© Christopher James, Alicia in gum 2012 (gum-bichromate)
GUM BICHROMATE WORKSHOP
Come to CPW this summer to learn and play with the possibilities of the gum bichromate process. This alternative photographic process was widely practiced in the mid 1800's and was particularly seductive due to its elementary chemistry, simple water development, and unlimited potential for color and painterly expression. Gum bichromate can be integrated into all forms of visual expression and is the perfect photographic ambassador to the fine arts and to those who love the possibilities, and lovely accidents, of the hand-made image.
During this weekend workshop, Christopher James will cover everything you need to know, including chemistry, paper preparation, sizing, working with watercolors, printing in the sun, and water development and clearing... enough to give you a taste of the process and to begin your adventure with this historic process. Digital negatives will be created in CPW's Digital Kitchen for contact printing but you will also be using photogram materials. Christopher will send you a list of materials to bring as well as the gum bichromate chapter from the new edition that includes instructions for making your own digital negatives on Pictorico OHP digital film before you come for the weekend.