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Workshop presentation

This workshop aims at teaching the different steps to adapt digital negatives to 19th and 20th-century analog printing processes. The participants will learn those by means of a historical photographic technique, such as the cyanotype.
They will be equally introduced to hybrid photography, for which skills in digital photography are combined with the craftsmanship of historical and analog approaches.
The skills acquired during the workshop can be adapted to other contact printing techniques — including platinum print, bichromate gum, albumen, baryta paper, salted paper, gravure printing…
This workshop is for photographers, creatives and those who wish to give their digital work a handmade finish.

Next session: June 20-24, 2022 ; September 19-23, 2022
Campus: Biarritz (South-West of France)
Language of instruction: English, French
Tuition: €3,500 (accommodation and meals in the premises of Spéos Biarritz included)
Logistic information: please contact Spéos

Day 1
Arrival of participants on location, first contact.
From 2pm, presentation of the cyanotype process: the technique, its historical context and applications.
A brief introduction to hybrid photography. Presentation of historical materials such as daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, albumen and cyanotype prints.
Presentation of chemicals, media (100% acid-free cotton paper and transparencies for digital negatives). Safety instructions.
Selection of the first images for the production of digital negatives with the participants.

Day 2
– Preparation of the solutions necessary for the manufacture and processing of cyanotype paper.
– Sensitisation of the papers with brushes, rollers or sponges.
– Drying of the papers. Placing them under weights.

– Printing of the first cyanotypes to determine the right exposure time for the densest blue.
– Printing of a colour chart on transparency to determine the UV blocking colour of the printer.
– Printing a grey scale on a transparency.
– Making contact sheets on cyanotype of the above mentioned 2 transparencies.

Day 3
– Scan or photograph of the cyanotype of the chart to create a curve in Photoshop.
– Creation of the curve automatically with a plug-in and manually by visual analysis.
– Applying and adjusting the curves on the images.

– Printing cyanotypes from the first curves.
– Adjustment of curves and cyanotype prints.

Day 4
– Independent or class shooting.
– Continuation of the selection of images.
– Creation of new digital negatives.

Afternoon: prints and bends.

Day 5
Continuation and completion of prints/turns, drying.
Observation and analysis of the images obtained and identification of defects and their solutions.
Lunch at the end of the course (until about 2pm).

It is recommended that each participant comes with:
– a digital camera or a professional smart-phone,
– a tripod,
– a laptop with Photoshop or GIMP,
– a USB stick or hard drive,
– a selection of digital and / or analogue, colour and / or black and white images,
– an apron, gloves and mask.

Angeles-Nina Zaragoza and Hélène Védrenne are both passionate about still and moving images. From their meeting emerged “Simone Choulle” through whom they question photography freely, without any dogma, by mixing the old and the new.
From 1998, their collaboration becomes professional and artistic through exhibitions and installations.
They leave Paris for Spain to practice mainly with daguerreotypes and create the Taller Daguerrotipo workshop: organisation and animation of practical workshops, conferences and reconstructions around historical photographic processes such as the daguerreotype, wet collodion and its different applications, albumen, cyanotype and more.

Enrollment and Contact

Registrations are open all year round and are subject to availability.
Feel free to contact Spéos if you have any questions about this photography program.
At any time you are most welcome to come and visit the school, just make an appointment!

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