Albumen Printing – Ellie Young – 1 Day

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  • July 7, 2020
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Albumen is a salted paper print with an albumen binder. Albumen from egg whites holding the photographic chemicals to the paper.  Cotton paper is first coated with a salted albumen solution, followed by a silver nitrate solution to form light-sensitive paper. Exposure to light changes the silver chloride to image forming metallic silver. Albumen prints have a semi-gloss to high-gloss surface depending on the coating/s. Developed in 1850 by Louis Desire Blanquart- Evrard, albumen became the dominant form of photographic printing from 1855 to the turn of the 20th century.

The 19th-century french photographer Eugène Atget (1857–1927) printed most of his work of the streets of old Paris in albumen.

Albumen prints are contact prints, the negative is the same size as the image.

Ref: James Reilly, The Albumen and Salted Paper Book 1840-1895. Light Impressions, 1980.


This is a hands on workshop where the participants will produce a number of photographs throughout the day. Outline of the day:

1. The negative (includes instructions on creating digital negatives)

2. Paper choices

3. Coating methods

4. Exposure

5. Processing – (includes toning)

All materials including lunch is provided – Starts at 9.30 am and concludes at 4.30 pm


Since 1994 Ellie has been practicing and studying the art craft and science, of ‘alternative’ photographic processes. She conducts the majority of workshops at gold street studios, and at times is invited to teach these processes in collages and institutes around Australia.