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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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Penumbra Foundation

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Kallitype

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

Discover the fascinating history and unique beauty of a rare photographic process at Penumbra Foundation. Unleash your creativity as you experiment with different techniques and produce stunning outcomes in this 8-week workshop. Open to artists of all levels, this course is a must for anyone interested in alternative photography.

Saturday, Mar 9th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$965

2 sessions

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Eight Weeks of Inkjet Layering

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

Discover the blend of traditional and digital printing techniques in this workshop, where you'll learn how to layer colors from digital images using the platinum palladium and cyanotype processes. Unleash your creativity and master the art of combining monochrome tones with vibrant digital colors. Join us at the Penumbra Foundation to embark on this immersive journey of self-expression.

Tuesday, Mar 12th, 5–8pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

$1,300

8 sessions

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Gum Over Platinum

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

Discover the art of layering platinum palladium prints with gum bichromate watercolor pigments in this immersive workshop. Dive into the process of creating digital negatives and learn the techniques of coating, exposing, and developing prints. Unleash your creativity and add depth and tone to your work with color gum bichromate pigments for stunning final prints.

Saturday, Mar 16th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$950

2 sessions

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Developing a Research Based Photo Practice

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

Discover how to elevate your photographic practice by incorporating research techniques in this weekend workshop. Explore the power of research to deepen project development and enhance intentionality in your work. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, this class will equip you with essential research and workflow skills for future projects.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$700

2 sessions

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Digital Negatives and Platinum Palladium Printing

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

Learn the art of combining digital and analog techniques in this hands-on course at Penumbra Foundation. Discover how to create unique platinum-palladium prints using enlarged digital negatives or film negatives. Explore various creative options and finish the course with beautiful prints and the skills to continue working independently.

Friday, Apr 19th, 10:30am–1:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

$1,408

8 sessions

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Tri-Color Gum Bichromate

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

Discover the intricate art of creating vibrant, multi-layered prints using the ancient technique of Gum Bichromate at the esteemed Penumbra Foundation. Unleash your creativity as this hands-on workshop guides you through the history, materials, and workflow required to produce stunning full-color prints. This is an accessible opportunity to delve into this captivating process.

Saturday, Apr 6th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$925

2 sessions

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Large Scale Platinum Palladium Printing

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

Learn advanced techniques in platinum-palladium printing and create breathtaking large-scale prints in this exclusive workshop. Master the technical complexities of this revered process and produce stunning images up to 20x24". Previous experience in platinum-palladium printing and basic Photoshop skills are required.

Saturday, Apr 13th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$975

2 sessions

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Intro to Wet Plate

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

Considered by many to be the Polaroid of the 19th century, wet plate collodion or tintypes are made almost instantaneously through a process that uses hand poured chemicals on an enameled sheet of metal. In this two day workshop, we will teach students how to create glass negatives, tintypes and ambrotypes in camera. Students will learn the techniques of preparing the plate, pouring collodion, exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing as well...

Saturday, Apr 20th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$875

2 sessions

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Daguerreotype

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

Learn the techniques perfected by 1850s daguerreotypists from modern master Mike Robinson in this hands-on workshop. Discover advanced concepts in contrast control and alternative fuming techniques to create exquisite, gilded images. Limited to six participants, no experience required.

Tuesday, Apr 23rd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$2,750

3 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.

Saturday, May 4th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$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.

Saturday, May 11th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$875

2 sessions

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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.

Saturday, May 18th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$990

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.

Saturday, May 25th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$940

2 sessions

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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.

Sunday, May 12th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

Intro to Platinum Printing

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

The platinum print is perhaps the most subtly beautiful and most permanent of all photographic printing processes. Its delicate chiaroscuro conveys a realness or presence unobtainable with other processes. Air becomes visible, cool shadows recede from the viewer, and light travels between objects. Here is a unique opportunity to learn from a true master. Lois Conner has been making platinum prints since 1974. Since 1982, she has been teaching the...

Saturday, Jun 1st, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$975

2 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.

Saturday, Jun 15th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$900

2 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.

Saturday, Jun 22nd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$875

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.

Saturday, Jul 6th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$875

2 sessions

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Chemical Painting

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

Explore the artistic potential of combining painting and photography with an experimental chemigram technique. Push the boundaries of the photographic medium at Penumbra Foundation's workshop, where students will use various stencils and resists to create unique forms on silver gelatin paper. No prior knowledge of black and white chemistry required.

Saturday, Aug 3rd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$900

2 sessions

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Seven Secrets to Photobook Success

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

Boost your photography skills and storytelling abilities to produce stunning visual narratives. Join this course to discover the key elements essential for photobook success.

Sunday, Jul 21st, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

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