This class investigates a variety of photographic processes that evolved in the second half of the nineteenth century and continue to be used by contemporary photographers today. We will explore the historical and chemical aspects of the following: light sensitive silver, iron, and palladium compounds; photogenic drawings; cyanotypes; collodion glass plate negatives; Van Dyke & Kallitypes; palladium prints.
Each student has the opportunity to print his or her own images with a variety of these processes, and to become familiar with making enlarged negatives digitally and in the wet lab. The 4×5 view camera will also be introduced, along with slide presentations and assigned readings covering Pictorialism, Surrealism, and contemporary practitioners. Students are required to keep a notebook/journal of their experiments, and to present a final creative portfolio at the end of the term.