Cameraless Techniques in the Not-So-Darkroom

box breathe
people looking at box breathe
 three artworks

Date: June 12-16, 2023 (Summer)
Medium: Photography
Instructor: Bridget Conn (email)
Skill Level: All

Analog photography doesn’t have to be made in the dark, nor does it even need a camera. In this workshop, we will explore three popular experimental photo processes: lumens, chemigrams, and cyanolumens. Learn how to pull color out of black and white silver gelatin paper, to embrace chance and unpredictability, and to create a setup that allows you to practice these techniques without a darkroom. Our discussions include contemporary artists and concepts involved in the media.

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Undergraduate Credit

Graduate Credit

Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.

Supply List

A list of supplies for you to purchase, along with recommended vendors, will be provided upon registration.

Estimated cost for items to purchase and bring: $0-100


Supply List
Item Vendor/link Quantity Notes
Silver gelatin photo paper – minimum 50 sheets of 8x10” in varying brands if possible. (This amount assumes CraftSummer will provide an additional 50 as detailed in that supply list).

Some suggestions:

Check eBay and thrift stores for old papers, even if the box has been opened!

varies Paper can be purchased new with these suggested links. However it is much more affordable and fun to bring expired / fogged paper of any surface, manufacturer, or type (RC base is preferable). The more varied brands / types of paper the students bring, the more they will learn.
Resists for chemigrams – students choose what to work with Examples of possible resists: varies Resists can include things like spray cooking oil, tape, nail polish, hand lotion, etc.
Items for creation of lumen prints n/a varies Plants found on-site are common, but any items they choose like stencils, lace, etc. can be used for lumens
Optional brushes for cyanotype, applying resists, applying chemistry Foam, hake, calligraphic, etc. brushes if they so choose, but they should be metal-free for cyanotype. varies These will be provided in course supplies and are optional -- if the student wants to secure a specific brush to work with they can bring their own.
DSLR camera or cameraphone Whichever the student has readily available 1 --

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $*TBD

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

Studio supply fees are an estimate and can be subject to change due to supply chain issues or transportation cost.

About the Instructor

Bridget Conn is a photographic artist who explores the potential of photography as a chemical and physical medium through the creation of chemigrams. Conn’s awards include Klompching Gallery’s FRESH Finalist and rfotofolio’s Denis Roussel Awards.

She has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts and at the Experimental Photo Festival in Barcelona, Spain. Her work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions internationally and featured in numerous magazines and textbooks.