Alternative Processes Workshop

MA Photographic History, Photographic History, Photographic Processes, Photography Workshops April 26, 2016

Today I participated in an Alternative Processes Workshop instructed by my tutor Professor Kelley Wilder, Director of the Photographic History Research Centre at the De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. The workshop took place at the Photography Centre which is located at the basement of the Portland Building.

Hand-coating paper with a solution of light-sensitive chemicals. Photograph by Andy Malthouse.

In the darkroom. Photograph by Andy Malthouse.

Making a direct copy from a glass plate negative by placing the hand-coated photosensitive paper in direct contact with the negative and exposing them under UV light.

Time to fix and wash the prints. Photograph by Andy Malthouse.

Washing my argyrotype. Photograph by Andy Malthouse.

Cyanotypes, photograms and argyrotype.

During the workshop I learned how to make cyanotypes, argyrotypes and photograms. The making process included coating, exposure, developing and fixing, washing, drying and pressing of prints.


  1. Barnier, John, ed. Coming into focus: a step-by-step guide to alternative photographic printing processes. Chronicle Books, 2000.
  2. Crawford, William. The Keepers of Light: a history & working guide to early photographic processes. Morgan & Morgan, Inc., 1979.
  3. Towler, John. The silver sunbeam. Morgan & Morgan, Incorporated, 1974.


Hi, I'm Danae! I'm a photographer and I hold a MA in Photographic History. Besides my passion for photography, I enjoy traveling, walking, meditating, and I am an avid supporter of low-waste living.

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