Gum Bichromate Workshop with Brian Taylor

March 20, 21 & 22, 2015 9–5PM with 1 hour lunch break

Price: $750.00 Sold Out
Gum Biochromate Workshop

Sycamore Leaves, Los Gatos Creek. Photo © Brian Taylor.

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The gum bichromate printing process is one of the most rare and beautiful of all the traditional 19th century photographic techniques. In this intensive three-day workshop, students will push beyond their own boundaries to explore photography in an open, creative, and intuitive way.

Gum printing is one of the few alternative processes that allow the photographer to choose the color(s) of the final print. The class will begin by learning to create a simple cyanotype on watercolor paper, then slowly and methodically applying a variety of colors (sometimes even more than one at a time) to the image, resulting in gorgeous full-color images that are the direct result of your imagination and desire.

Artists and photographers of all levels will gain a broader understanding of photography’s history and its potential by exploring this alternative process. The techniques presented in this class allow us to print photographs on alternative surfaces like watercolor papers and fabric, which can then be used for handmade
books, collage, painting, and drawing.

Saguaros, Papago Mountains, AZ. Photo © Brian Taylor.

Saguaros, Papago Mountains, AZ. Photo © Brian Taylor.

The workshop will include demonstrations, slides, and print viewing, as well as time to explore the process and produce your own imagery—you will have a lot of new artwork to take home!

Advanced skills in digital or traditional darkroom photography are not assumed or required.

Participants should their own large format film or digital negatives to work with in class. Sizes from 4×5 to 8×10 are acceptable. If you do not have a negative, we can print one on site or provide you one to work with.

A complete materials list will be provided to registered students before the workshop starts.

The class is limited to 10 participants.

For questions or to register, call: 415.388.3569


gum bichromate workshop, brian taylor

Instructor Bio: Brian Taylor was born in Tucson, AZ. He received his BA degree in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego, an MA from Stanford University, and his MFA from the University of New Mexico.

Brian is known for his innovative explorations of alternative photographic processes including historic 19th century techniques, mixed media, and hand-made books. He received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Polaroid Corporation. His work has been exhibited nationally and abroad in numerous solo and group shows and is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. His work has been published in American Photographer, Photo Asia, Exploring Color Photography, Artworks, and Photographic Possibilities.

Brian has taught photography workshops at institutions including the Friends of Photography, the University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley, Stanford University, Photo Alliance, Carnegie Mellon, and the Oklahoma Arts Institute. He is currently a professor in the photography program at San Jose State University.