Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ADS - Arts & Design Studio

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

Prior to the advent of digital technologies, many contemporary photographers thought about the world, and their work, as either “Black and White” or “Color”—but that history was incomplete and left many of the earliest successful photographic processes out. During the middle and late part of the 19th century, there were many competing processes for producing a monochromatic image. We now tend to group these historical processes into a general category of so-called “Alternative Processes” which include the Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Albumen, Salted Paper Print, Gum Bichromate, Kallitype and many, many others.

This hands-on, lab-based class will offer students the opportunity to work in at least five different historical processes. We’ll explore some of the methodologies in common usage during the 19th century that are still viable today. We’ll also learn to make purposed, custom digital negatives to print from, and students are encouraged to arrive with some preexisting images that they’re interested in working with. Basic computer skills and a general understanding of photography are expected. Some reading will be required. Students will be evaluated on their willingness to experiment with image-making techniques, individual progress over the term, class participation during critiques, and the successful completion of a representative body of work including a digital portfolio of finished pieces.

Level: Introductory/Intermediate. Prerequisites: Intro to Photography, Black and White Photography or permission of instructor. Class limit: 10. Lab fee: $250. Meets the following degree requirements: ADS


Intro to Photography, Black and White Photography or permission of instructor. 

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