Photographic Center NW

The Photographic Center NW is located in the Capitol Hill nieghborhood of Seattle, Washington. I have been teaching there for over 15 years, specializing in analog printing, hybrid processes such as digital negatives printed with historic processes & mixed media.

Silver Analog Print from Film

Silver Analog Print from Film

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Photo I: Black & White Analog

 

Photography I: Black & White is an introduction to traditional analog darkroom processes and manual camera operation. Students gain a basic understanding of black and white photography through exercises and assignments that emphasize fundamental camera and darkroom skills. The course introduces concepts of composition, emphasizes personal expression alongside technical development, and covers an introduction to history and philosophy of photography.

This course is designed for those who have little or no previous experience in photography and there is no prerequisite. Hands on demonstrations address darkroom procedures, film exposure and development, and basic printing techniques. During class there are lectures, slide shows, and print evaluations, as well as group darkroom time with opportunity for students to print with the instructor's supervision. Each week students are expected to make new photographs, develop their own film, and print photographs using the techniques discussed in class.

 

Lith Print

Lith Print

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Texture: An Exploration through Lith Printing & Bromoil

Moments captured in images often have an impression of texture – physically, emotionally. So, how can we give expression to that texture in a photograph? There are many ways: choice of film, print size, depth of field, but what about beyond that? There are several alternative processes that bring their own textural qualities. In this class we will explore two such processes, lith printing and bromoil. Lith adds texture and color via it’s characteristic chemical reactions. Once mastered, this process can be exploited to give more or less texture to suit the expression. Bromoil, a process that goes back to the early 20th century pictorialist movement, marries traditional analog printing with printmaking. The textural component here varies with the tool chosen to apply the ink to the image. Join Gina White this fall as she introduces you to these amazing, versatile processes and learn to apply them in your own work.

 

Salt Print from a Digital Negative

Salt Print from a Digital Negative

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Methods In Alt Process

There are more options available to photographers today than ever before. Today, we can blend modern day techniques and a rich history of methods, mediums, and processes in ways that were often not easily accessible to photographers. There has also been a resurgence in the interest of the more traditional and alternative processes, as photographers and artists look to reintroduce their subtle hand into the creation of their work in ways that differ from our modern approaches to photography and the printed artifact.

Methods in Alternative Process I is a foundational course designed to develop the basic skills necessary to create, edit and maintain digital negatives used in traditional contact printing, alternative processes, and mixed media. The course is designed to provide students with the tools and techniques used in Adobe Photoshop to create suitable black and white images that can be used in the creation of the traditional and alt processed print.

To ensure that students can apply the skills necessary to be successful in future courses, Methods in Alternative Process I focuses primarily on the required digital skills and techniques students will need to successfully create the adjustment curves, images, and workflows necessary for printing digital negatives. These skills will then be applied to learning contact printing with traditional silver gelatin papers. In the next course, Methods in Alternative Process II, students will take the skills and techniques developed in this course and apply them to a variety of alternative processing methods.