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Albumen Printing From Glass Plate Negatives - Ellie Young - 1 Day



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.

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 workshop is designed to print from glass plate negatives made the previous day AND/OR glass plates you have acquired or made at a previous time. The day involves understanding the preparation of the albumen emulsion, coating the paper, exposing and processing. You will be encouraged to make numerous prints during the day and select images to gold tone towards the end of the day.


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.


Price: $350.00

Start Time: 10:30 pm
End Time: 5:30 am

Date: April 4, 2020

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