Join us at Art Intersection and get reacquainted with Polaroid film by learning the emulsion lift technique! In this one-day workshop, Ernesto Esquer will guide you through the entire emulsion lift process.
You will start with a freshly exposed Polaroid made using pictures from your smart phone, slicing it open before it fully dries, peeling it apart carefully from the negative, and then submerging the positive in boiling water. This releases the exceptionally delicate material from the acetate, which we will then manipulate to a shape or form of your desire onto an array of substrates.
No prior experience with instant film is needed and all levels of photography are welcomed.
You will also learn:
- What film materials are currently available to buy
- How to get a usable exposure
- Properly cutting and peeling apart the film
- What different types of paper to use as well as other surfaces
- Advanced techniques that will spur experimentation and creativity!
Please join us for this fun and in-depth emulsion lift workshop!
Artist Bio – Ernesto Esquer
Ernesto Esquer is a photographic artist and printer from Tucson, Arizona. He actively works in all aspects of traditional darkroom photography and various alternative processes including cyanotype and lumen prints. He has extensive experience working with instant film including materials made by Polaroid, Fujifilm, and Impossible Project (now Polaroid Originals) and teaches instant film manipulations. He often combines processes or materials in attempt to transform a photograph into a precious object.
He received his BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona and is currently the Laboratory Specialist of Photography at Pima Community College. His first book In No Time, featuring a collection of hand colored or toned gelatin silver prints, was released by Dark Spring Press in 2017. He is represented by the Ryan Gallery at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona and Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, California.