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Carbon Four Colour - Ellie Young - 3 Days


Four Colour Carbon


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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 pigmentsLittle green bugSM, 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 photogra
phic processes.

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 3 days you will

    1. Make CMYK carbon tissues
    2. Make registration negatives
    3. Use pin a registration method for paper, tissue and negatives
    4. Sensitise & expose the tissue
    5. Transfer each colour tissue onto the final support.

This is a slow time consuming process that creates unique images with an enduring life.

The Workshop is limited to 2 participants

All materials and lunches are provided.

Images from students:

© Danica Chappell

© Danica Chappell

© Kerri-Lee Hammelswang

© Kerri-Lee Hammelswang

Price: $1,275.00

Start Time: 10:00 pm
End Time: 6:00 am

Start Date: March 19, 2020
End Date: March 21, 2020

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