CANCELLED. Working with Liquid Emulsions - Making darkroom prints on hand coated paper

29 September 2018

10:00 - 16:30

University of Chester
Kingsway Campus
United Kingdom

Tel:01225 325 733

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RPS Member£86.00 
Non RPS Member£115.00 
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Working with Liquid Emulsions - Making darkroom prints on hand coated paper

The process known as Liquid Emulsion is very similar to ordinary darkroom printing. Negatives are placed in an enlarger and projected onto photographic paper which is developed in the usual manner. The difference is that the light sensitive paper is prepared by hand. Light sensitive liquid is applied to watercolour paper, usually by brushing the mixture on. The paper is dried before being used as stated above.

The unique, tactile quality of these prints is something to see, in some, the brush marks are clearly visible, making each one unique. Some practitioners paint the mixture onto other surfaces such as stone, wood, fabric, glass, and even eggs!

In this workshop, due to the restrictions of group teaching, we will limit the technique to watercolour paper.

Start - 10am
Arrival, tea, coffee, introductions and chat.
Darkroom safety, equipment etc.
Explanation of processing technique, and demonstration.
Full print made.
Students coat their paper and leave it to dry.

Break for lunch.

After lunch students will be making prints with coated paper.
Print fixing, washing and drying.
Discussion of results, note taking, questions and answers, suggested reading.

Students need to have some experience of darkroom work.

What to bring
Negatives 35mm, or medium format, notebook and pen, A4 envelope or box to transport prints home. You will need to bring a packed lunch as the cafe is closed at weekends.

Times: 10am – 4.30pm
Address: University of Chester Kingsway Campus, Kingsway, Chester CH2 2LB.Direction by Train: The centre is a 20-minute walk from Bache or Chester stations
Direction by Car: The centre is an short distance from the M53/A56 junction
Parking: There is plenty of onsite parking

Your Tutor
Andrew Sanderson has been creating film based images in his darkroom since he was shown how to print by his father in 1973. He didn’t get a darkroom of his own until five years later when he began to study photography at Batley Art College in Yorkshire, England. From that point onwards, every available moment was devoted to learning the craft of photography.

By 1986 he was writing technical articles for photographic magazines, and has published almost 100 to date. In the mid eighties his work was published as posters and cards (remember the poster boom of the eighties?), selling 30,000 posters worldwide.

Around that time he ran a photo preservation unit for the local authority, printing images from their vast collection of glass negatives. Following this he went into teaching, both at college level and adult education. In 1995, he set up a gallery with his wife, the painter Debbie George and this ran very successfully for ten years.

He then began a long and productive phase, working with Ilford, giving talks and demonstrations at Colleges and Universities all over the UK. In 2007 he was designated an Ilford Master Printer.

The next stage of his life was as ‘Head of traditional and darkroom’ at a top University in the north of England, a post which he held for just over five years.

He now devotes his time to giving private tuition in analogue techniques and processes, writing articles for his blog, UK and international photographic magazines, running a bespoke ‘interpretive’ printing service, and high quality portraiture.

He has written three books;

'Night Photography' Published by Argentum an imprint of Aurum books. ISBN 1 902538 12 9

'Hand Colouring and Alternative darkroom Processes' Published by Rotovision ISBN 2 88046 551 6

'Home Photography' Published by Argentum an imprint of Aurum books. ISBN 1 90253829 3

He lives in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, in the UK.




Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected. If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

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