Gum Bichromate with Lisa Elmaleh - November 3-4, 2018


Gum Bichromate with Lisa Elmaleh - November 3-4, 2018

from 435.75

November 3-4, 2018

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM



This workshop is an introduction to the antique and flexible gum bichromate process. 

By making artists’ watercolors light sensitive and coating the emulsions on elegant paper, students will create images reminiscent of the Photo-Secession period - a once controversial viewpoint that the significance of a photograph was not what was in front of the camera but the manipulation of the image by the artist/photographer to achieve his or her subjective vision.

During the early 19th century, when photography was considered to be a means to record reality and prominently used for clinical purposes, the pictorialist movement emerged. Through their movement, pictorialists aimed to elevate photography to fine art status. Pictorialists, such as Heinrich Kuhn, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Steichen, used processes like gum bichromate to create textured, artistic images that captured a mood, and advocated that photographers should guide their images much the same way that painters do. 

Large format or appropriate digital negatives are necessary for this course. All other materials will be provided.

LISA ELMALEH's work is an exploration of rural America. Using a portable darkroom in the trunk of her car, Elmaleh photographs using the nineteenth century wet collodion process. Elmaleh received the Silas Rhodes scholarship to attend the School of Visual Arts, and obtained a BFA with honors. She is a recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, the Everglades Artist Residency, the Camera Club of New York Darkroom Residency, and the Goldwell Artist Residency. She has been included in various group shows such as the 2008 New York Photofest (Powerhouse) and Landscape: Voyage (KMR Arts).

Image © Brenton Hamilton