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Bromoils - Ellie Young- 2 Days


Ellie Young

Bianca Conwell

Bianca Conwell

Bromoils evolved from the traditional black & white photograph where the silver particles in the image are replaced by oil based

printing inks. This process creates subtle artistic images. The painterly nature of the bromoil makes every image unique -  in either monotone or numerous colours.


The birth of Bromoils occurred in Great Britain. It evolved from the oil printing process developed by G.H. Rawlings in 1904, who worked out the theory, but never applied it. The process was thus invented by Englishman, C. Welbourne Piper in 1907 from the suggestion by Rawlings.
This process flourished in the first half of the 20th century when pictorialism among photographers was in vogue. Today, there are a handful of bromoilists practicing this skilled craft. The Bromoil Circle of Great Britain formed in 1931 by Sam Weller, there are still several groups in the USA and Canada still loyal to the process. Gene Laughter, a master Bromoilist set up an International Society of Bromoilsts allowing members to communicate via the internet.

A Bromoil evolved from the traditional black & white photograph where the silver particles in the image are replaced by oil based printing inks. This monochrome image is then treated chemically. All the silver particles are removed (bleached) and the gelatin coating of the paper conditioned (tanned) to accept oil based inks.

Prior to inking the bleached and tanned print (called the matrix) is soaked in water. A differential swelling of the gelatin takes place depending on the hardness of the gelatin. The ink is then applied to the prepared matrix by brushes. The ink will adhere to the hardest parts of the gelatin and repelled from the water saturated areas. With a variety of brush actions, all the tonalities found in the original photograph can be recreated  - and more.

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This two day workshop will start with an introduction to the process and making silver gelatin photographs.

This will be followed by a practical bromoil demonstration. The workshop includes bleaching and tanning of a bromide print and inking a prepared bromoil

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Participants will practice inking a number prepared matrixes on different papers and inking their own matrix.
The workshop includes availability of oils and tool, also the cleaning and clearing of the equipment.
ALL the necessary materials will be provided .



All materials including lunch is provided

Price: $950.00

Start Time: 10:30 pm
End Time: 5:30 am

Date: August 14, 2020

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