Learn the most popular printing process of nineteenth century. The albumen printing process was invented by Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard in 1850. Used well into the latter half of the century, this technique of making photographic prints with paper coated with egg whites was both simple and elegant once a skill set was perfected. Today, the faded originals usually found in antique shops don’t reflect the rich tones that are possible by this process when albumen prints are carefully made and well preserved.
Guided by Process Historian Mark Osterman and Historic Process Specialist Nick Brandreth, the group will prepare the egg whites, coat and sensitize the paper, and print from digital and glass collodion negatives. The evolution of albumen printing will be emphasized through several variants of the process as used in the latter half of the nineteenth-century. Weather permitting, sun exposures will be made in the gardens at George Eastman House. We will also demonstrate negative retouching, tissue printing masks, traditional wheat starch mounting, and print burnishing.
Price includes a $70 materials fee. Please specify member number for member discount.