Carbon Printing with Vaughn Hutchins - October 21 - 24, 2020
Carbon Printing with Vaughn Hutchins
This workshop is for the curious. Carbon printing, once considered the premier photographic printing process, is a lost art. Not to worry. We invited Vaughn Hutchins - a master of the process - to teach you the lost art of carbon printing in Yosemite Valley.

This highly-regarded and aesthetically unique printing method is now practiced by a few dedicated artists. Now you can be one of them.
Price: $900.00

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Carbon printing, once considered the premier photographic printing process, is a lost art that simply fell victim to progress and the need for professional photographers to produce volumes of work with faster, silver-based printing processes. This highly-regarded and aesthetically unique printing method is now practiced by a few dedicated artists. Among them, your instructor, Vaughn Hutchins is considered a master of the process.

This class will encompass the entire printing process including:

Making the carbon tissue
Sensitizing the material
Exposing the image
Developing the print

Since the fabricated carbon tissue normally takes two days to dry, students will initially be using tissue provided by the instructor to make prints. By the third day, their own materials will have cured and they will undertake the entire process from scratch.

Here is both an opportunity to learn the process to craft these striking images with a gifted instructor and to spend time in nature's grandest classroom, Yosemite Valley.

Renown for their stability, three-dimensional topographic qualities and long tonal range, carbon prints are considered by some to be the ultimate monochromatic photographic expression. The making of carbon prints is a meditative process ideal for those who care about quality rather than quantity and who are looking for an additional dimension to their photographic imagery.

As elegant as the prints are, the process is not difficult to undertake. With many of the required materials readily available at local grocery and art stores, all that is missing is a patient and knowledgeable guide to help you avoid the pitfalls of inexperience and identify the key components of success. For Vaughn, sharing this rare process is a labor of love. Doing so in the inspiring surroundings of Yosemite makes the task even sweeter.

This class welcomes beginning to advanced students alike, whether you have little to no experience in a darkroom or have printed your own work for years. The goal is that students will easily and eagerly continue the carbon printing process when they return to their homes.

About the process:

Carbon printing dates back to 1855, when lamp black was used to make the first prints. It is a contact printing process in which the size of the image negative is equivalent to the size of the final print. Rather than projecting the image with an enlarging lens, the negative is placed in contact with the sensitized carbon tissue and substrate. Light passing through the negative causes the sensitized materials to harden and build an image on the substrate. It is the hardened accumulation of carbon with its subtle variations, that gives a carbon print its three dimensional quality. Viewed from an acute angle, the print is textured with infinitely detailed hills and valleys. The greater detail and magnification of a larger piece of film is an incentive for devotees of the process to use 5”x7” and 8”x10” negatives.

What to Bring:

The most important thing for students to bring is an open mind and curiosity to learn the secrets of this lost art. Students may also bring their own negatives to print (high contrast negatives generally result in better prints), use negatives provided by the instructor, or create their own 5x7 or 8x10 negatives using cameras supplied by the instructor.

About Vaughn Hutchins

A photographer since 1976, Vaughn's entire professional career has been based in the out of doors, from his years working for the US Forest Service in various capacities, including steelhead counter, mule packer, trail builder, fire fighter, campground maintenance, wilderness ranger, and fire lookout, to his current vocation as a full-time landscape photographer and teacher.

While enrolled at Humboldt State University (HSU) earning a BS Degree in Natural Resources Management, Vaughn studied with the three Tom's of the photographic department: Tom Knight, Thomas Joshua Cooper and Jim Toms. He transitioned to a full-time career in photography in 1991 when he became the darkroom technician for the HSU Art Department, operating the teaching darkroom for the Art Department.

A frequent instructor and assistant at workshops throughout the American West, he also teaches photography to high school students in the summer through the HSU Art Academy. He has been a favorite instructor at the Ansel Adams Gallery, where his original limited edition fine prints are represented.

Though he is accomplished with color, silver and platinum-based printing processes, it is the carbon printing process, with its long-lived imagery and its distinctive, raised relief that is especially suited to express the wide array of textures and the delicate light that filters through fog and dense forests of coastal redwoods near his home in Northern California.

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