Salt Printing Workshop with Claire A. Warden
The salt printing process, also known as calotypes or photogenic drawings, was discovered and perfected by William Henry Fox Talbot, who published a manual on the process in 1839. The salted paper process is a printing-out process (meaning it requires no development) and was the first documented positive-negative photographic process—the precursor to modern photography! This process was almost universally used throughout the 1840s – 1850s and was a popular choice for photographic positives until the 1860s. The long tonal range and aesthetically pleasing color of salted paper printing has allowed this historically significant and unique process to withstand the test of time.
In this one-day exploratory workshop, participants will have the opportunity to dive head-first into this beautiful process and experiment with several different methods of salt printing. Participants will send digital files of black and white images to us and we will create two digital negatives adjusted for Claire’s process. During the workshop, students will hand-coat fine art paper with the light-sensitive solution and expose the sensitized paper through your digital negative using one of our UV light sources.
Before the workshop, learn more about your instructor and get a preview of the process! Claire will give a free lecture on how salt printing relates to her artistic process on Friday, April 29 from 6:30 – 8pm.
About Claire A. Warden
Claire A. Warden (b. Montreal, Quebec) is an artist working in Phoenix, Arizona. Claire’s work explores intersecting ideas of illusion, control, identity and performance. The constructed photograph is integral to her arts practice. She received her BFA in Photography and BA in Art History from Arizona State University.
Claire’s work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad including solo exhibitions of Mimesis at the Center for Fine Art Photography, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center and Art Intersection. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Rayko Photo Center, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Division Gallery in Toronto, Agripas 12 Gallery in Jerusalem, Galería Valid Foto in Barcelona and Students’ City Cultural Center Gallery in Belgrade. She received an artist residency through the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists in Léhon, France, an Individual Artist Grant Award supported by the Creative Capacity Fund and the Contemporary Forum Artist Grant supported in part by the Nathan Cummings Foundation Endowment. She has been named LensCulture’s Top 50 Emerging Talents (2014), Photo Boite’s 30 Under 30 Women Photographers of 2015, a Critical Mass finalist (2015) and a Photobook Melbourne Photo Award finalist (2015). Her work has been featured in Real Simple magazine (2014), The HAND Magazine (2014), Common Ground Journal (2014), Prism Magazine (2015) and the forthcoming annual publication by Diffusion Magazine (2015). Claire just completed an Artist-in-Residency at Art Intersection in Arizona.
Header images by Claire A. Warden