Carbon Printing for Beginners

From October 22, 2014 through October 24, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Eastman House


Unlike silver prints, the carbon print image is formed with the same pigments used for centuries in artists’ oil colors. The key to making carbon prints is a sheet of pigmented gelatin called a “tissue.” These can be purchased, but are expensive and limited to only a handful of colors. In this workshop, you’ll get hands-on experience in how to make your own carbon tissues and prints in any color using pigments available at your local art supply store or online.

Process Historian Mark Osterman will teach you an easy way to make carbon tissues from scratch in your home using common materials and easy-to-make equipment. He will deliver an illustrated lecture on the evolution of pigment printing. This workshop will cover exposure, development, and transfer of the carbon image onto fine art papers. We will show and discuss vintage carbon prints from the George Eastman House collection.

Each participant will receive a manual with complete instructions in basic carbon tissue making and printing including articles on the process reprinted from publications in the George Eastman House research library.

Audience: Limited to eight, this three-day workshop is suitable for photography students, educators, fine art photographers, and anyone interested in the beautiful potential of this amazing process. No experience necessary.

Tuition: $500/$475 members, plus $70 materials fee

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop 30 days before the session start date will receive a refund, minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 30 days before a workshop start date. If the workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class will be fully refunded. George Eastman House is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees. Eastman House may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes.

Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, the workshops are held at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. Directions can be found here.  

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop. Participants must make their own arrangements. The host hotel for workshops held at George Eastman House is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, eastaveinn.com. This hotel is within walking distance of the museum. Room rates begin at $119 per night. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 559-8039. When calling to make a reservation, please mention you are taking a workshop at George Eastman House to get this special rate.

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