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Materials Days are a series of events held throughout the year to give you hands-on learning experiences led by makers. In this Materials Day students will spend the day at the International Center of Photography learning alternative processes–Platinum Palladium Printing and Digital Negatives in the morning, and Chemigrams in the afternoon.

Saturday, November 3, 9 am–6 pm
Part 1: Intro to Platinum Palladium Printing & Digital Negatives, 9 am–1 pm
Part 2: Chemigrams, 2–6 pm
International Center of Photography
1114 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY
RSVP: by noon on 9/27
Please indicate if you want to attend part 1, part 2, or both.

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Part 1: Intro to Platinum Palladium Printing & Digital Negatives
9 am–1 pm
Led by Tricia Rosenkilde

This introductory workshop will introduce students to the fine art of platinum/palladium printing, one of the most beautiful and archival analog photographic printing processes. The workshop will include an overview of the history of platinum printing and an examination of the work of master artists. Students will create a digital negative, mix and coat emulsion onto artists papers, and learn how to expose and develop a print, combining digital technology with traditional darkroom techniques. Participants will need to bring one or two RAW digital files and/or high quality jpegs. A flash drive or portable hard drive to save your files is optional.

Tricia Rosenkilde is a fine art photographer and a dedicated faculty member at the International Center of Photography. She also teaches at The Penumbra Foundation, NYC, and has taught courses at Seton Hall University, NJ Center for Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design NYC, and the Morgan Library NYC.

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Part 2: Chemigrams
2–6 pm
Led by Richard Turnbull

In the afternoon session students will discuss the history, theory, and practice of the Chemigram, a form of cameraless experimental photography that uses neither film nor darkroom but instead depends on the interaction of darkroom photochemistry for its imagery. After an illustrated introduction to the history of the Chemigram (developed by Belgian photographer Pierre Cordier in the 1950s) the workshop will move into the darkroom to see how some of the processes work in practice where students will have the opportunity to make a simple version of a Chemigram.

Richard Turnbull is an art historian, printmaker, book artist and experimental photographer. He is a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.