Aditya Arya: Vintage Photographic Processes

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To Understand the History and evolution of Photography it is essential to practically experience some of the historical printing processes. This 3 day hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the basics of the Cyanotype, Egg Albumen and Salt Prints printing processes. Participants will learn a brief history of each process; how to mix light-sensitive chemistry; and how to sensitize, expose, and process Images. Participants will get an opportunity to make prints using each process. Participants will make both photograms and photographic prints from a variety of negatives and objects available and are encouraged to bring along their own selection of flat objects to work with.

MENTOR
Aditya Arya is a renowned photo historian who developed his skills poring over thousands of negatives and vintage prints and expanding his knowledge of preservation, restoration and archiving through extensive hands on experience, He has played a pivotal role in the formation of the India Photo Archive Foundation and the setting up of the unique Museum of photography, MUSEO CAMERA, housing his personal collection of more than 1000 historically iconic cameras. Aditya also works in advertising and industrial photography.

SESSIONS
Cynotype prints
Invented by the English Scientist Sir John Herschel in the 1840s, the cyanotype process uses light-sensitive iron salts to form a striking blue photographic image. (Also popularly known as blue prints.)

Egg Albumen Prints
Invented by Désiré Blanquart-Evrard, this was the first commercially exploitable method of producing a photographic print from a negative onto a paper base. It used the albumen found in egg whites to bind the photographic chemicals to the paper. This became the dominant form of photographic positives from 1855 to the turn of the 20th century. (Also called albumen silver printing).

Salt Prints
English scientist and inventor, Henry Fox Talbot, created the salt paper technique in the mid-1830s. The salt print was the dominant paper-based photographic process for producing positive prints during the period from 1839 through approximately 1860.

All images courtesy India Photo Archive Foundation