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Saturday, 22 June, 2019 to Sunday, 23 June, 2019
New York City

Penumbra Foundation
36 East 30th Street, NYC
June 22-23, 2019, 10am-6pm

In the 1830s, well before daguerreotype, wet plate or albumen, Fox Talbot invented salt printing, arguably the most romantic 19th Century process. In this two-day workshop we will cover all of the basics of the process: paper selection, salting, sensitizing, toning and waxing. Using your own negatives, or ones provided by the instructor you will explore this inexpensive and elegant photographic process.

The technique combines NaCl (table salt), silver nitrate, and gelatin. Sunlight or UV lamps are used for exposure. The prints are monochrome and range from black, sepia, purplish to a warmer red. Once you understand the idiosyncrasies of this technique all you will need is sunlight, a contact frame, and a few chemicals to continue the practice at home. The practitioner can by varying aspects of the process to create an emotional language for their own aesthetic needs.
Additionally making prints by hand will clarify many of the considerations of their ongoing care and archival needs.

The instructor, Melitte Buchman, has been an active practitioner of both salt printing and wet plate collodion for over a decade. As a professional photographer of cultural heritage materials she is also knowledgeable about digital technology and creating appropriate digitally made negatives for alternative photography practices.

Contact Melitte Buchman at for more information.