- Instructor: Clay Harmon
- Dates: April 24 - 27, 2019
- Location: Yosemite National Park
- Focus: Darkroom/Field
- Level: Beginning to Intermediate
- Class Limit: 6
- Tuition: $1275
- Lodging: From tent cabins to four-diamond luxury, stay close to the action with lodging reservations inside Yosemite Park. Rooms
are reserved for participants up to 45 days prior to start of class.
Proximity to classes is highly recommended, sessions can run late in the
evening and field sessions can start very early.
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This class is an introduction to the polymer photogravure
process, a non-toxic alternative to the traditional copperplate photogravure
process. This intaglio printing process enables the artist to produce
continuous-tone photographic images using ink and paper. Plate-making, inking,
wiping and printing techniques will be covered in this class and the student
will leave with 8-12 etched plates and numerous prints from each plate.
The length of the class will allow the student the
opportunity to make a small editioned portfolio of prints and is an ideal
opportunity to unify a small body of work with several sets of a series of
prints. Photographers interested in exploring a new printing process will learn
all the basic techniques necessary to return to their own studio and begin
making prints using this process.
Ever since Clay
first viewed a platinum print, he has been
creating his art in platinum/palladium and a host of other 19th century
photographic print processes such as Gum Bichromate, Cyanotype, and Van Dyke Brown. Somewhere along this fifteen-year journey, he began getting ink under
his fingernails and dove headfirst into mastering the photogravure process.
While never one to walk away from taking a pretty landscape
picture in the northern latitudes, his favorite subject matter is the quirky
world of parking garages, nighttime urban scenes and freeway overpasses, with
the occasional statue’s butt, cathedral interior and offbeat portrait thrown in
the mix. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and has taught alternative
process workshops for the Penland School of Crafts, Asheville Bookworks,
Cullowhee Mountain Arts, the Houston Center for Photography, the Museum of Fine
Arts Houston, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and Project Basho in
He is represented by the Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville North Carolina, and
has exhibited work at Fotofest in Houston, Rayko Gallery in San Francisco,
Houston Center for Photography, and the Clear Lake Arts Alliance. His work is
in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and in private
collections in the Americas, Europe and the Far East.