Orotones – Ellie Young – 3 Days

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  • April 9, 2021 - April 11, 2021
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Dandelion – Orotone

An orotone photograph is created by printing from a negative to create a positive on a glass plate precoated with a silver gelatin emulsion or carbon transfer process. Following exposure and development, the back of the plate is coated with gold-colored pigment creating a gold-toned image.  Being printed on glass, orotone images are extremely fragile and often require specialized frames in order to prevent breakage. Platinotypes (platinum and palladium prints) can be made into orotones

The making of orotone prints was contemporary art in the early twentieth century. Many of the early orotones were made by the Seattle photographer Edward Curtis. He produced hundreds of orotone photographs of Native Americans during his career. Curtis developed the “Curt-Tone”, using techniques which he claimed were superior.

About the workshop

During the workshop you will explore methods of making the Orotones on paper and on Glass

    1. Make carbon tissues
    2. Expose and transfer the carbon tissue photograph to the glass.
    3. Apply liquid emulsion to the glass.
    4. Make Palladium photographs
    5. Expose and process
    6. Use different methods of applying gold to the final images.

The Workshop is limited to 2 participants

All materials and lunches are provided.