Calotype Paper Negatives & Salted Paper Prints- Ellie Young – 2 Days

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General Admissionshow details + $850.00 (AUD)  

  • October 22, 2021 - October 23, 2021
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm


The paper was made photosensitive by soaking it in a solution of silver nitrate and potassium iodide, then placed in the camera while moist. After the exposure is made, the paper is developed and fixed to form the negative.


The calotype is the negative-positive process, using a paper negative, that William Henry Fox Talbot invented in 1840. Talbot named his process the “calotype,” after kalos, the Greek word for beauty; it was also called the Talbotype. The calotype, which permitted making multiple prints from the same negative, was the first act in the development of analog photographic reproduction in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


The Calotype is placed in contact with a sheet of salted paper, which has been coated with silver nitrate and table salt. It is then exposed to sunlight to make a positive photograph.

The day involves understanding the preparation of the paper, coating, exposing and processes. The chemicals used are volatile so this workshop is not for those who have concerns about handling these types of chemicals. Material handling safety issues are included as part of the workshop. The focus of paper negatives is simply on the final photographic product: the positive print. Therefore this workshop is designed to make the negatives for printing salt prints the following day.

Since 1994 Ellie has been practicing and studying the art craft and science, of ‘alternative’ photographic processes. Ellie conducts workshops in a number of alternative processes in her studios, and at times also teaches these processes in collages and institutes around Australia. Ellie constantly exhibits and sells her work nationally and internationally.

4 x 5 camera – lens, dark cloth and shutter release – or you can borrow a camera for the day.
Darkslides to hold the paper will be provided.

All other materials including lunch is supplied: – bring an apron or lab coat or old comfortable clothing other materials including lunch is supplied, – wear old comfortable clothing.

Class is limited to 1