Carbon Transfer Printing

Photography Education

Instructor: Vaughn Hutchins
2024 Dates: April 17-20
Focus: Darkroom
Medium: Large Format Film

Designed for the curious, this workshop takes you on a journey into the lost art of what was once considered the premier photographic printing process. Rediscover the art of Carbon Printing with Vaughn Hutchins, master of the process, with Nature's grandest classroom as your muse. Learn to craft striking images with outstanding visual quality and proven archival permanence. This highly-regarded and aesthetically unique printing method is now practiced by a few dedicated artists. Now you can be one of them.

$1,150.00 USD


Discover the intricately rewarding practice of Carbon Transfer Printing, a complex method of producing an image with layers of carbon to create exquisite detail-rich images. Dive into what was once considered a lost art, and explore the depth of craftsmanship it takes to achieve carbon printing's enchanting effects. 

Renown for their stability and long tonal range, carbon prints are considered by some to be the ultimate monochromatic photographic art form. For those who are looking to create an objet d’art as much as achieving their creative vision, this workshop is for you.

In this four-day workshop, join Vaughn Hutchins, one of the foremost carbon printing masters today, to learn to create and sensitize your materials, along with exposing and developing your prints. Vaughn can offer hands on assistance with his 8x10 View Camera allowing you to create a large format negative. This workshop will prepare you to continue the process independently, ready to develop your work at home with materials readily available.


SPRING 2024 - April 17-20
Scheduled for late April, this workshop will occur during the peak of Spring in Yosemite High Country. It is a beautiful and inspiring time to be an artist in Yosemite National Park.

Workshop Details

Carbon Transfer Printing
INSTRUCTOR Vaughn Hutchins
FOCUS Darkroom
MEDIUM Large Format Film
LEVEL Beginner to Intermediate


Vaughn can offer hands on assistance with his 8x10 View Camera allowing you to create a large format negative. Attendees are also welcome to bring there personal large format cameras.

About the Instructor

Vaughn HutchinsVaughn 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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Cancellation Policy

We rely on your confirmed attendance to make important arrangements for the workshop. If you need to cancel, please let us know no fewer than 45 days prior to the first day of your workshop for a refund of your tuition, less a 10% non-refundable charge. Refunds cannot be made for cancellations initiated within 45 days of the first day of the scheduled workshop, or for no-shows, for any reason. If you are concerned with this possibility, please consider purchasing travel insurance.

Workshop registration is NOT transferable.

In the extremely rare event that The Ansel Adams Gallery needs to cancel a workshop, we will let you know at least 14 days prior to the first day of the scheduled workshop, and immediately refund your full tuition. However, we will not be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or lodging reservations. (Lodging reservations made through Yosemite Hospitality, Aramark are fully refundable 7 days in advance). Please do not purchase airline tickets or make non-refundable deposits on lodging that cannot be canceled 7 days ahead of time.

COVID-19 Policy

COVID WORKSHOP PRECAUTIONS:The Ansel Adams Gallery is trying to create a workshop environment that is safe for all attendees. In doing so, the gallery realizes that workshop participants will have differing opinions in regards to the Covid-19 Policy. The gallery will side with caution and safety. The Ansel Adams Gallery will follow current CDC Guidelines in pace with the evolution of the Covid-19 Virus. Additional measures may be instituted and updated for the purpose of improved safety of all attendees.

The Gallery will provide the following:
COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival
Hand sanitizer
Sanitation wipes
Room Air Filtration


The Ansel Adams Gallery will require all attendees to show proof of a current negative result from a supplied Covid-19 Rapid Test. This negative Covid-19 Rapid Test result will be required after travel to Yosemite and prior to entry into the first day of the workshop. A Covid-19 Rapid Test Kit will be included in your welcome package available at check in at the Yosemite Valley Lodge or Ahwahnee Hotel. It is very important to inform us if you have chosen different accommodations. A gallery representative will then make alternative arrangements for your receipt of the Covid-19 Rapid Test.

The Ansel Adams Gallery highly recommends travel insurance to help with an unfortunate travel event.

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