History of Photography: Alternative Processes, Then and Now

  Start Date June 13
  Time 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  Instructor Laura Burlton

History of Photography: Alternative Processes, Then and Now

When they were invented, the processes we now call “alternative” weren’t alternative at all, but represented the height of photographic technology. This six-hour course will serve as an introduction to the history of nineteenth-century photographic processes such as: daguerreotype, callotype, cyanotype, ambrotype and tintype (wet plate collodion). It will also be an investigation into artists utilizing these avant-garde and often difficult processes today through lecture, discussion, and in-person study of photographs & equipment.

Students will meet with photographer and alternative process practicioner, Laura Burlton at HCP for the first two, two-hour lectures and then at the Works on Paper Study Room at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for the last session. There, Chelsea Shannon, Gallery Interpretation Specialist at the MFAH who has her MA in Art History with a focus on the History of Photography will lead the dicsussion. This class is a great opportunity to learn about the history of photography from multiple perspectives and actual artifacts!

Tuesday, June 13th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm: Lecture at HCP
Tuesday, June 20th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm: Lecture at HCP
Tuesday June 27th: 10:00am - 12pm, discussion at MFAH with Chelsea Shannon

$120 HCP Members / $140 Regular price

What to bring to class:
Pen and paper

Suggested Pre-requisites:

Suggested reading:
A World History of Photography, by Naomi Rosenblum
The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present, by Beaumont Newhall

image credit: Cameron, Julia Margaret, Angel of the Nativity, 1872, Albumen silver print, Getty Museum

Burlton, Laura, Angel, 2015, wet plate collodion (tintype)

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