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2023 Annual Conference


March 16-18, 2023

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WORKSHOP: Precision Digital Positives & Photopolymer Gravure

Convenient for People Attending the Society for Photographic Education's 2012 Conference in San Francisco

Related Member: Mark Nelson

Traditional copper plate photogravure has long been recognized as a printmaking medium that produces beautiful, rich prints prized for their unique tonalities, textures, and depth. In this workshop, photopolymer plates are exposed with UV light, developed in water, and inked and printed much like copper plates to achieve similar results in the intaglio printing of photographs and drawings.

The workflow I have developed combining Precision Digital Positives & the double exposure technique with an aquatint screen is producing incredibly detailed prints with a tonal range rivaling Platinum/Palladium printing. Many people struggle with making Photopolymer Plates. This workshop will teach you a really accurate and repeatable way to make perfect plates every time that produce the prints you want without having to vary your inking and wiping techniques much.

This workshop will cover:

1. Determining the perfect exposures for your plate and aquatint screen.

2. Determining the proper density for your Positives and plates.

3. Creating adjustment curves that adjust the contrast of the final print.

4. Crafting the Digital Positive from your image.

5. How to expose and develop a perfect plate.

6. Preparation of the ink, paper and press for printing.

7. Inking, wiping and printing the plate.

General Information For Sausalito Workshops

Each workshop requires a $300 advance deposit to secure your space and all workshop spaces will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis to whoever sends their deposit first. They expect the workshops to fill rapidly, so if you are interested, respond immediately! If a workshop fills before you can register, you can get your name on a waiting list in case there is a cancellation, which can occur at the very last minute.

The balance of the workshop fee will be due 2 weeks prior to the workshop. Lab Fees will be due the first day of the workshop.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel after 30 days or less prior to the workshop, I will return you deposit IF I am able to fill your slot. If you cancel 14 days or less prior to the workshop, I will return your full workshop fee only IF I am able to fill your slot.

You can sign up by emailing Mark Nelson at requesting that he bill you via PayPal for the deposit. Please indicate which workshop(s) you wish to sign up for. You do not need a PayPal account to do this. You can use a credit card on PayPal. He does not process credit cards personally or keep any credit card information.

Note that each workshop has a lab fee that will be determined this fall at the time he order workshop supplies. Prices for materials can vary a lot, especially the metal salts. Usually the lab fees run around $100. All Platinum/Palladium workshops utilize the Palladium with Na2 (Platinum Salt) for contrast control.

There are only 4 requirements for the workshops:

1. You must have a basic working knowledge of Photoshop. This is very important.

3. You must bring a laptop computer with Photoshop installed.

4. You must get my book, Precision Digital Negatives for Silver & Other Alternative Photographic Processes, and read it before the workshop:

No prior experience with Platinum/Palladium printing is required except for the Advanced Printmaking Workshop. No prior experience with Photopolymer Gravure or Intaglio Printing is required. All workshops involve a LOT of hands on experiences!

The workshops will be held in Ed Carey's studio located at: 469b Coloma Street, Sausalito, CA 94965. The workshop daily schedule will run 9 am to 5 pm.

Each workshop will include the current information and workflows that Mark Nelson is using with his own printmaking.

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