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Penumbra Foundation
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The Penumbra Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing workshops, education, lectures, and events to the worldwide photographic community. They aim to be a comprehensive resource for photographers of all levels and to promote the impact of photography on culture, history, and the arts.

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Intro to Wet Plate

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Experience the magic of creating unique images through the historic process of wet plate collodion. Learn the art of hand pouring chemicals onto metal plates to create stunning tintypes and ambrotypes. Unleash your creativity and immerse yourself in this hands-on workshop.

(8) Beginner 18 and older
$875

2 sessions

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Anthotypes & Other Organic Processes

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Explore the fascinating world of plant-based photography in this hands-on workshop. Learn how to create beautiful images using the photosensitive qualities of plants, with processes like anthotype printing and phytograms. Engage with nature and capture stunning images using the sun as your medium.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$875

2 sessions

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Photograms: An Introduction to the Darkroom

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Unlock your creativity and learn the art of photograms in this beginner-friendly workshop at Penumbra Foundation. Dive into the darkroom as you explore the limitless possibilities of creating images without a camera. Experiment with light-sensitive material and objects' shadows to capture stunning and unique works of art.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$875

2 sessions

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Plein Air Tintypes

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the art of capturing the natural world using traditional tintype techniques. Embrace the beauty of the past and create timeless images with a modern twist.

(8) All levels 18 and older

Documentary Storytelling: Elevating Your Long-Term Project

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Discover the power of documentary photography in this immersive workshop led by acclaimed photographer Sabiha Çimen. Gain insights into storytelling and composition techniques, and receive personalized feedback on your long-term project. Unveil hidden corners of contemporary life and create a body of work that leaves a lasting impact.

(8) All levels 18 and older

Dry Plate

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Learn the historical technique of creating gelatin silver dry plates in this weekend workshop. Discover how to mix and coat your own plates, shoot dry plate negatives, and develop your images. Take home your coated plates to continue practicing this unique photographic process.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$990

2 sessions

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Sculpting Light in Cyanotype

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity in the fascinating world of cyanotype photography at Penumbra Foundation. Dive into the process of sculpting light and shadow to create unique artworks on archival paper. Join us for a weekend workshop where students of all levels will explore cyanotype as a playful ritual, crafting captivating compositions using intriguing materials and UV light.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$765

2 sessions

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Intro to Large Format Photography

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Discover the transformative power of large-format photography in this hands-on workshop at Penumbra Foundation. Unleash your creative potential by mastering camera movements and controlling focus and perspective. Immerse yourself in the world of large-format photography and create stunning images like never before.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$940

2 sessions

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Lumen Printing

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Embark on a captivating journey through the art of lumen printing amidst the vibrant streets of Manhattan. Explore cameraless image-making with found materials, capturing ethereal pastel tones in gelatin silver paper under the city's dynamic light. Join us for a hands-on workshop where participants of all ages can unleash their creativity and discover the magic of lumen prints.

(8) All levels 18 and older

Intro to Platinum Printing

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Unveil the artistry and permanence of platinum printing in a masterclass led by renowned photographer Lois Conner. Explore the intricate world of hand sensitizing, paper selection, and troubleshooting in this intensive workshop. Elevate your craft with this unique opportunity to delve into the timeless elegance of platinum prints.

(8) Beginner 18 and older
$975

2 sessions

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Darkroom Intensive

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Unlock the artistry of analog photography in Penumbra Foundation's immersive Darkroom Intensive. From capturing images with 35mm manual cameras to mastering the intricacies of darkroom printing, participants will embark on a journey of discovery guided by expert mentors. Whether novice or intermediate, this workshop offers a transformative experience, empowering students to create stunning prints and pursue their passion for photography with confidence.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$1,235

4 sessions

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5 Days of Siderotypes

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Dive into the enchanting world of siderotypes in this immersive five-day darkroom workshop at Penumbra Foundation. Explore diverse iron-based processes including cyanotype, argenotype, and platinum/palladium, unlocking a spectrum of colors and tonal ranges. Perfect for photographers of all levels seeking new avenues of self-expression through innovative printing techniques.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$1,510

5 sessions

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Liquid Emulsion

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Discover the art of hand-applying light-sensitive silver gelatin to create captivating images on a variety of surfaces in this two-day workshop. Gain a greater understanding of emulsion application, artist hand, and media substrate to bring your unique concepts to life. Unleash your creativity and explore the magic of liquid emulsion printing.

(8) Beginner 18 and older
$900

2 sessions

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Solarized Large Format Paper Negatives

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Unlock the artistic potential of large-format paper negatives through the captivating process of solarization. Dive into the realm of unique studio portraiture or still life, mastering the transformation from negative to positive images. Gain hands-on experience with ultra-large format cameras and leave with both prints and newfound skills to create distinctive solarized paper positives independently.

(8) All levels 18 and older

Basic View Camera Techniques

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Unlock the art of precision and creativity with view cameras in this comprehensive workshop. From mastering camera movements to perfecting lighting and composition, delve into the essentials of large format photography. By course end, you'll confidently capture architectural marvels, intricate still lifes, and captivating portraits, equipped with the skills to pursue your photographic vision independently.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$745

4 sessions

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Lith Printing

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Learn the art of creating unique silver gelatin prints with a lith developer in this immersive two-day workshop. Discover the delicate warm tones and gritty shadows that lith printing brings to your images. Experiment, explore, and develop a foundation for your future personal work in the darkroom.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$875

2 sessions

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Kallitype

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Embark on a journey into the nuanced world of the Kallitype process, a historic alternative to platinum prints. Unveil a spectrum of subtle tones from reds to blues through hands-on exploration and demonstrations. This workshop invites artists of all levels to delve into the creative possibilities of Kallitype, bringing their own negatives or digital files to craft unique prints.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$965

2 sessions

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Foundations of Wet Plate

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Uncover the timeless art of creating stunning images through the historic wet plate collodion process. Immerse yourself in the hands-on techniques and traditions that have shaped photography for generations. Discover the magic of turning raw materials into captivating images in this comprehensive course.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$875

2 sessions

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Albumen

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Step back in time to explore the historic art of Albumen printing, pioneered by Louis-Desiré Blanquart-Evrard in 1850. Discover the intricate process of immersing paper in egg and salt wash, sensitizing with silver nitrate, and toning for warm brown hues. Through hands-on instruction and modern aids like UV lights and digital negatives, unlock the secrets of this distinctive printing technique.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$965

2 sessions

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Cliché Verre

Penumbra Foundation @ 36 E 30th St, New York, NY

Unlock the artistry of cliché verre in a dynamic weekend workshop. Dive into the 19th-century hybrid printing process, melding drawing with photography to craft luminous silver gelatin photographs and striking lumen prints. Explore expressive mark-making and atmospheric layering to create unique works of art, regardless of your level of photographic expertise.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$875

2 sessions

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