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Carbon on Metal - Ellie Young - 2 Days


Carbon photographs on metals and other surfaces:


Stainless Steel - Ellie Young

Stainless Steel - Ellie Young

The carbon process, initially a black-and-white process using lampblack (carbon black), was invented by Alphonse Poitevin in 1855. The process was later adapted to color, through the use of pigments, by Louis Arthur Ducos du Hauron in 1868.

Carbon photographs were the preferred process of the top echelon of commercial photographers in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Commercial printing houses of this time showed that carbon photographs were up to three times more expensive than even platinum.



The relief accentuates sharpness giving a three-dimensional quality. By hand making tissue you can produce images in any color. The archival quality makes it the most stable of all photographic processes.

Carbon can be transferred to an almost unlimited choice of final supports: watercolor papers, fixed out photographic papers, canvas, glass, and metals.

Carbon has a long tonal scale with excellent straight-line characteristics, negatives with long density ranges create an even distribution of tones from the highest lights to the deepest shadows.


During the 2 days you will

Copper - Ellie Young

Copper - Ellie Young

    1. Make carbon tissue
    2. Make negatives
    3. Sensitise & expose the tissue
    4. Prepare the surfaces
    5. Transfer photographs on to a number of different surfaces including glass, plastic,  brass copper and stainless steel.

The Workshop is limited to 2 participants

All materials and lunches are provided.

Price: $850.00

Start Time: 9:30 am
End Time: 4:30 pm

Start Date: March 17, 2020
End Date: March 18, 2020

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