Christina Z. Anderson


Fields of Expertise:
Gum Bichromate
Combination Printing
Lumin Printing

Christina’s work centers on the contemporary cultural landscape expressed in 19th century processes, primarily gum and casein bichromate. Her work has been in shows nationally and internationally and in numerous publications. Her books—The Experimental Photography Workbook and Gum Printing and Other AMAZING Contact Printing Processes—have sold worldwide in 38 countries. Anderson’s passion is to share historical, pedagogical, and practical information with educators and photographers on the niche but growing sector of alternative process photography. Anderson is an Associate Professor of Photography at Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA. Visit her Web site

Elizabeth Opalenik

Fields of Expertise:
Figure Work

As a photographic artist, Elizabeth Opalenik believes that all good photographs are self portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams. Her 35 year career has found her making images and teaching on six continents, seeking the beauty and grace that exists within all things. Elizabeth conducts photographic portrait, figure and mordançage workshops privately and in conjunction with The Maine Photographic Workshops, The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, National Geographic Expeditions, and gold street studios in Australia and China creating a sense of wonder and possibility in her students.

Elizabeth is committed to her black and white darkroom, but combines digital usage when appropriate. Her preference is working with water in any form or illusion and furthering her work in the French process Mordançage where she has added her signature style by creating veils of floating silver emulsion.

Elizabeth’s work is collected, published and exhibited internationally, residing in such collections as la Bibliotheque nationale de France and The Portland Museum of Art. She has been featured in Zoom, Black and White Magazine, Color Magazine, Silvershotz, F11 Magazine, Lenscratch and Camera Arts among others. In addition, Opalenik also travels with Medical Ministries International, documenting the projects of eye doctors in Colombia and the Amazon.

Following a life-long dream, she published her first monograph, Poetic Grace-Elizabeth Opalenik Photographs 1979-2007. Her website is www.elizabethopalenikcom

Kate Baker

Fields of Expertise:
Medium format, large format and 35mm film cameras.
Digital cameras
Fine art Photograph
Artistic Collaborations

Kate Baker is a fine art photographer based in the Yarra Valley. Her work is collected internationally and her work has gallery representation in Australia and Europe.

Kate’s work centres on the use of photography as a vehicle for expression. Much of her recent work has been in collaboration with artists of dance, music and theatre, however she is equally at home with landscape. Portraiture has been a common thread. Kate’s exhibitions feature her silver gelatin photographs and thesis her central practice. She is however also skilled in digital technology, an advantage in working with photographers of both genres who are either wanting to improve their fundamental photographic skills or making the transition to film.
As a photographic mentor/teacher she has the ability to communicate in a way that is practical and yet allows you to progress beyond the basics to express your own vision. Visit her Web site

Danielle Edwards

  • Fields of Expertise:
  • Infrared
  • Portraiture
  • Fine art Photograph
  • Medium format, large format and 35mm film cameras.
  • Digital cameras
  • Photomacrography

Danielle Edwards is an Australian photographer known for her images of plants, flowers and decaying items. Her work is diverse but primarily based around her love of nature. Since childhood she has held a fascination for the world around her. This has led her to look at the beauty of the natural world closely with a photographic lens. Danielle’s formal photographic education was in both art and science. She was a practicing clinical photographer for 29 years and has always had a passion for Art and Science. This career led her to develop the many skills that she now uses in her creative work. Danielle utilises a variety of historical and other photographic processes to visualise her imaging concepts. 

She is a regular contributor to national and international conferences. Her expertise is varied with a background in both science and art, and has been published in both technical and creative publications. She is a contributor in two of the Routledge series of publications on Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography. 

She has exhibited both nationally and internationally.  Her recent exhibition  “Convergence” can be seen at goldstreet studios . More of her work can be seen at the alternative photography website.

 In 2020 she was honoured by the the Biocommunications Association as a Louis Schmidt Laureate. The award is bestowed “for outstanding contributions to the progress of biocommunications.” 

Kristin Diemer

Fields of Expertise:
Lumin Printing

Kristin began her photographic career in specialist portraiture and now works as a documentary photographer incorporating fine art into the work. She is based in Melbourne Victoria.

Having played in the darkroom since she was in high school, Kristin enjoys a flexible creative processes. While embracing digital photography she has never left analogue behind. Much of her recent work has been about finding different ways of recording ‘place’. She exhibits regularly, both nationally and internationally. Website:

Dianne Longley

Fields of Expertise:
Polymer photogravure 4 colour & Duotone
Letter Press
Encaustic for Photographers

Dianne Longley is an artist who teaches printmaking at her Agava Print Studio in Trentham Victoria

Dianne completed her Masters Degree at Flinders University in 2000 and is currently completing her PhD studies at Australian National University.In 1998 she published ‘Printmaking with Photopolymer Plates’ and runs workshops in printmaking and artist books in Australia, Japan and USA. She has exhibited widely, won numerous awards, presented at conferences in the UK, USA, & Australia.

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Jerry Spagnoli

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Jerry Spagnoli lives and works in New York City.

He is currently working on several projects including two ongoing historical documentation series, “Local Stories” and “The Last Great Daguerreian Survey of the Twentieth

Century”. The common thread among all his projects is the exploration of the interplay between information and knowledge. Taking the camera and photosensitive materials as the traditional standard for objectivity Spagnoli explores the ways that subjectivity is the inevitable basis of all knowledge.

A monograph of his work, titled “Daguerreotypes” was published by Steidl in 2006, and his most recent book “American Dreaming” has just been published by Steidl.

His collaborations with Chuck Close have resulted in two monographs, “A Couple of Ways of Doing Something”, published by Aperture and “Daguerreotypes” published by Gabrius.

His work has appeared in many books and publications, among them are “Watching the World Change”,by David Friend, “Photography’s Antiquarian Avant Garde” by Lyle Rexer, “21st: A Journal of Contemporary Photography Volume VI: Flesh and Spirit”, Vanity Fair, DoubleTake Magazine, Adbusters, Metropolis and Graphis.

His work is held in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts,Boston, The National Portrait Gallery, The Nelson Atkins Museum, The Fogg Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chrystler Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The High Museum, The New York Historical Society and other major collections.

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Karl Koenig

Karl passed away on the 19th of January 2012 He will be missed not only as an outstanding creative photographic artist but also as a dear friend.

Fields of Expertise:

We had hoped for Karl’s 3rd visit to Australia, to conduct his extremely popular gumoil workshops at gold street studios. He has been successfully exhibiting his work in Australia since 2003, and is now represented by gold street studios workshops and gallery Trentham East Victoria.

After a career in academic psychology at Stanford and the University of New Mexico, followed by several years in private practice, Karl changed course and pursued different interests: art and photography. He studied lithography, silkscreen and and non-silver photography for three years.

In 1990, Karl created a new ‘alternative process’ called polychromatic gumoil photography. He published a book and several articles on the discovery and found himself giving university lectures, demonstrations, leading workshops and exhibiting work worldwide based on this process.

Karl gave up the practice of psychology in 1995, devoting his efforts to printmaking and photography, writing and publishing, teaching and exhibiting, the extensive list of achievements is listed on his web site. visit his website

Chris Reid

Fields of Expertise:
Fine Art Black & White printing
Toning Techniques
Film Processing
Lith Printing
Liquid Emulsion

Chris Reid is the director of Blanco Negro Custom Black & White Pro Lab and has been printing since 1989. His passion for black and white printing and darkroom skills shows in the quality of his work. He is in high demand from both commercial photographers and the photographic artist. His work for photographic artists is seen in many galleries across Australia including the National Gallery of NSW. With a unique way of imparting knowledge, Chris tailors his teaching to match the needs of each individual.

Nationally Chris is well known as a printer with authority on darkroom printing techniques and a deep passion in many of the alternative process techniques. With decades of experience in the dark Chris has developed a deep passion not only for traditional but also alternative printing process’s – making every client/artists work a unique project. visit his website

Tim Rudman

Tim Rudman Portrait

Fields of Expertise:
Lith Printing
Fine Art Black & White printing
Toning Techniques

He is well known internationally as a photographer, printer and authority on darkroom printing techniques, and notably for his pioneering work in the beautiful process of Lith Printing. He is a regular writer and lecturer and has conducted workshops on printing and toning techniques in Britain, Ireland, Spain, Australia, Canada and America.

As well as publishing several hundred articles on photography and printing, Tim has authored four critically acclaimed books on darkroom printing skills. The first, ‘The Photographer’s Master Printing Course’, was an instant best seller. This was followed by ‘The Master Photographer’s Lith Printing Course’, ‘The Photographer’s Toning Book-A Definitive Guide’ and ‘The World of Lith Printing’.

Tim is a member of the Arena group of photographers, a member and past chairman of The London Salon of Photography, and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and an Honorary Life Fellow of the British Professional Photographer’s Associates.

His work has been widely exhibited in over 25 countries, receiving numerous international awards and is held in several permanent and private collections internationally. He is represented in London by Hoopers Gallery.

Tim Rudman qualified in medicine and surgery in the late 1960’s and for many years pursued both his two loves of medicine and photography, but now devotes his time to photography.

Tim is well known internationally for his pioneering work in the beautiful process of Lith Printing and his wonderful distinctive toning methods of Black & White silver gelatin prints.

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Gale Spring

Fields of Expertise:
Large format view cameras
Digital Imaging
Infrared and ultraviolet imaging
Forensic and Biomedical Photography

Gale has a simple and direct way of teaching with a unique sensitivity to the needs of students. He is generous in his sharing of knowledge, which comes with a touch of his own style of humour.

Gale has an extensive background in many aspects of photography from biomedical and forensic photography to industrial/commercial and fine art. Originally from the United States, Gale has lived and worked in Melbourne since 1988. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design/advertising from the University of North Texas.

Gale is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Applied Sciences at RMIT University, Melbourne. He retired in 2013 from his role as Deputy Dean, Teaching and Learning at RMIT. Prior to this appointment, he was the Program Leader, Applied Sciences multi-major program (2008-11) and Scientific Photography (1988-2008) at RMIT. Gale continues to consult with industry and organizes and conducts workshops in medical, scientific, and forensic photography. He also conducts various workshops at gold streets studios including photomacrography, infrared photography, large format view camera photography, lighting and metering techniques.

David Tatnall

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Fields of Expertise:
Large Format Cameras
Landscape Photography
Pinhole Photography
Wilderness Photography

David Tatnall has a style of teaching that makes students feel comfortable at all levels. The in-depth knowledge he has acquired after 30 years in his fields of expertise is openly and passionately shared with all his students.

David is renowned for his luminous images of the Australian landscape. His photographs have achieved iconic status as emblems of successful Australian nature conservation battles.

His work is held in the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, the Monash Gallery of Art, the Australian Embassy Washington USA, and many regional galleries and private collections throughout Australia.

He has recently had solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, and group exhibitions in Melbourne, Canberra, Florence, Rovereto and Buenos Aires. He will be exhibiting at Gold Street Studios Gallery later in 2013.

David has been awarded a Life Time Contribution Award by Parks Victoria, and an Honorary Life Membership of the Victorian National Parks Association for is lasting influence on nature conservation in Victoria through photography. visit his website

Craig Tuffin


Fields of Expertise:
Wet Plate Collodion

Craig is a Photographic Artist and Educator based at Tweed Heads in Northern New South Wales. With 28 years of experience in the education system teaching in schools, universities and in his private studio, he has managed to accumulate a wealth of knowledge in a broad range of traditional darkroom processes. To date, Craig has written the only Australian State School ‘Historic Photographic Process’ curriculum.

Craig is passionate about using photographic methods that create singular “image objects” within his work and primarily focuses on the process of Wet Plate Collodion. He has intensely investigated this method since 2007.

Tuffin is a consultant in 19th Century photographic methods for the Museum of Brisbane and regularly travels as a speaker at institutional events. He has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in numerous publications. His work is in the official collection of the National Gallery of Australia, the State Library of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia as well as many other private and public collections around the world. Visit Craig’s website

Mike Ware

Fields of Expertise:
New Chrysotype
New Cyanotype

Mike Ware is known for his generosity in sharing his substantial knowledge of the above processes. He is an internationally recognized authority on the science, history and art of alternative photographic processes. His work on printing in noble metals such as platinum and gold has gained him several awards, including the Richard Farrand Memorial Award from the British Institute of Professional Photographers (1991).

Following an academic career in chemistry, Mike has been independently committed since 1992 to studying the history, science, and art of ‘alternative’ photographic processes, especially siderotypes – those based on iron photochemistry.

He has supervised postgraduate research in photograph conservation, and acts as a consultant to major museums. He exhibits his personal photographic work, and conducts workshops, worldwide.

His research has appeared in over 50 publications in both the popular and academic literature, including four books.

The following 2 books are available at Michael’s Camera, Video & Digital Gold in Photography: The History and Art of Chrysotype The Chrysotype Manual: The Science and Practice of Photographic Printing in Gold It is a rare privilege to have someone of Mike Wares stature teaching “his” processes in Australia at gold street studios. visit his website

Ellie Young


Fields of Expertise:
Carbon Transfer Mono
Carbon Transfer Four Colour
Dry Plate Negatives
Gum Bichromate – Four Colour
Oil Printing
Salt Printing

Black and white silver gelatin printing
Conservation Framing
Platinotype – Platinum Palladium
Wet plate – Tintype Ambrotype and wet plate negatives

Ellie’s studio provides a resource centre for photographic image makers, attracting local and international participants to experience and learn the art, craft and science of traditional, alternative and historic photographic processes from professional instructors. Ellie herself instructs in a number of alternative processes in her studios and also in collages and institutes around Australia.

In 2000 Ellie attained the National Gallery of Victoria Trustee Award 2000 for her work in Gum Bichromate printing. After some years of research, her Salt Printing Manual was published in 2011. She constantly exhibits her work locally, nationally and internationally.

Ellie’s work is held in private collection internationally and in the State Library Victoria. She is fellow and past president of IPT, member of AICCM and AIC.
Gold Street Studios workshops developed (established 1999) out of a passion and concern that many early photographic processes and techniques were loosing their place in the photographic institutions and art world.

Lynette Zeeng

Fields of Expertise:
Hand Colouring
Studio still life
Polaroid creative
Ink and solvent transfers

Enrolled in art school with nothing but a second hand Mamiya twin lens and an insatiable love for photography Lynette launched her photography career – this now spans almost three decades.

She has many years of experience as a commercial photographer, an accomplished university lecturer and is also a recognized photographic artist. Lynette instills in her students’ the same passion for photography that helped launch her own career. A longstanding and respected member of Australia’s photographic community, Lynette specializes in alternative processes, notably Polaroid transfers. Her work has featured in a range of national and international publications achieving numerous awards for her commercial and personal artwork.
Australian flora is often the centerpiece of Lynette’s work; her images display a masterful, painterly quality with a unique use of colour and light. LaTrobe Library and many private collectors in Australia have acquired her work. visit her website