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Experience Platinum/Palladium with Kerik Kouklis

4 day Platinum/Palladium, Gum Bichromate & Digital Negative Workshop -- July 31- August 3

Platinum/palladium and gum bichromate are two of the most venerable of the alternative processes. Used alone they are each capable of creating beautiful, evocative images. When used in combination they become a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. Combining the two processes provides a palette with which truly unique prints can be made. Whether you have some experience in either or both of these processes or if you have never before made a hand-made print, this workshop is for you.

In this hands-on 4 day workshop, you will explore Platinum/Palladium and Gun Bichromate printing with master printer Kerik Kouklis. You will learn the in-depth techniques and subtleties involved in making digital negatives and exquisite Platinum/Paladium prints. Kerik will also demonstrate the process of adding layers of Gum Bichromate to Platinum/Palladium.

You'll start by learning to make high quality digital negatives using the QuadTone RIP (QTR) program and Epson printers. You will learn how to calibrate and control this powerful tool in a straightforward way. A Photoshop script will be provided that makes deriving correction curves a snap.

Using your new digital negatives (or film negatives you bring with you) you will learn the ins-and-outs of making top-quality platinum/palladium prints including paper choices, contrast controls, environmental controls and the best procedures for consistent results. Kerik's approach to platinum printing is simple and straightforward and does not involve complex sensitometry or math that can make the process appear much more difficult that it is. And Kerik's casual and friendly teaching style will have you making excellent prints almost from the start.

You will then learn the fundamentals of the gum bichromate process including a novel approach to coating pioneered by the instructor that provides for very smooth, creamy gum layers that blend seamlessly with the underlying platinum/palladium print. Adding one or more layers of gum bichromate to a platinum/palladium print results in prints that can range from subtle to wildly colorful; the final choice is up to you. Combining these processes allows you to use both the left and right sides of your brain to produce work that is uniquely yours.

Each student should provide negatives no larger than 810 as well as high quality scans or digital camera files that will be made into digital negatives. You can also scan negatives during the workshop.

This is a fun and information-packed workshop. Whether you shoot 810 film or an iPhone, this workshop will allow you to make beautiful platinum/palladium and gum over platinum prints and have a great time doing it.

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