Director M.F.A. Program in Photography
Department Chair / Photography
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
700 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215
800-773-0494 X 6684
SUMMER WORKSHOPS - 2013
A heads up regarding my current plans for the summer workshop season. At the
moment I am planning on spending the first part of the summer completing the 3rd
edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: Third Edition… A 850
page / 550 image beast that I have had precious little time to attend to this year. As a
result, I’m limiting my summer to a three-week sequence at The Santa Fe Photographic
Workshops, beginning June 17th and going through July
6th. Presently, my part of the line SFW line up looks like this:
Santa Fe Workshops
I am also scheduling private one to three person workshops in my studio in Dublin, NH.
Please write to me, tell me what you want to learn and when and I’ll call you to make
© Christopher James, Rebecca & Wisteria 9-1-2010 (wet plate collodion)
SANTA FE WORKSHOPS:
Week I - June 17 – June 22
Introduction to Alternative Photographic Processes
In this first week, we’ll cover most of the processes my book, usually 9-10 processes in
a week, except for wet plate collodion, carbon, and a few other more time consuming
and complex techniques. If you have experienced this intensive overview you are more
than welcome to come back and refresh your alt pro batteries and techniques. This is a
perfect workshop to pair with Week II or Week III. Here’s a basic course description:
Investigate an extensive menu of alternative photographic processes in this
adventurous, hands-on workshop. Christopher welcomes creative people from all
artistic disciplines—especially those individuals who possess an active sense of humor.
He encourages participants to jump-start their artistic energies by experimenting with a
wide array of alternative and esoteric processes. The ultimate objective of this workshop
is to reveal new options, restore creative energy, and inspire new directions for each
individual’s unique vision and artistic growth.
Among the processes you will learn are cyanotype, cyanotype murals, kallitype, salted
paper process, albumen, gum bichromate, platinum / palladium, and Ziatype, as well as
hybrid process combinations, toning options and an introduction to wet plate collodion.
Other topics include large-format pinhole photography, simplified digital negative
production, paper preparation, post-print archival techniques and a survey of historical
and contemporary alternative processes.
For those looking for extended instruction and additional processes, consider combining
this workshop with the Wet Collodion Workshop June 24-29 and/or the
Advanced Alternative Processes: Projects workshop July 1-6.
Week II – June 24 – June 29
Wet Plate Collodion Workshop (Wet Collodion Road Show)
This workshop offers photographic artists the opportunity to learn the beauty
and complexity of the historical wet-plate collodion process from a contemporary
perspective. Christopher provides a dynamic, hands-on, group experience in an
energetic and supportive environment. Participants receive continual assistance and
immediate feedback on works in progress, along with an open exchange of working
concepts, ideas, history, and techniques. Demonstrations, and learning through
repetition, successes, and failure, are a continuous part of the workshop. A sense of
wonder, an appreciation of the accidental, and a sense of humor are especially helpful.
Using Christopher’s definitive reference text, The Book of Alternative Photographic
Processes: 2nd Edition, and the new wet plate collodion chapter from his upcoming 3rd
Edition, as our guides, we will make wet-plate collodion ferrotypes and ambrotypes.
Christopher will have several antique cameras and lenses to work with, and all
chemistry, tanks, and plates are provided. If you are interested in obtaining an
inexpensive antique wet plate camera and lens of your own, Christopher will help you
We will begin learning about the process in our dedicated Workshop facility and then
get on the road to make wet-plate collodion images using New Mexico as our studio.
Plans include a location day in a Hollywood western movie set and other locations that
will provide a variety of location options and opportunities.
Christopher’s workshops are a lot of fun, so bring your sense of humor and adventure
and a curiosity about this magical process.
Week III: July 1 – July 6
Alternative Processes: Projects Workshop (including wet plate collodion)
This advanced workshop is designed for visual artists whose portfolios demonstrate
a comfortable working knowledge of alternative processes or who have previously
attended one of Christopher’s alternative processes workshop. The workshop offers
photographers a week of processes, working time, a dedicated facility, chemistry and
materials with which to refine their skills and focus their energies on a specific project or
technique. In recent years there has been a specific interest in wet plate collodion, gum
bichromate, and platinum & palladium.
Christopher’s workshops provide a dynamic, hands-on, group experience within an
energetic and supportive environment. Participants receive continual and personal
assistance and immediate feedback on work in progress, along with an enthusiastic one-
on-one exchange of working concepts, ideas, history, and techniques. Individual process
demonstrations will be provided on request.
Using Christopher’s The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, Second
Edition as the workshop text, we are equipped to handle a wide range of processes,
including: wet plate collodion, platinum / palladium, salted paper, albumen, kallitype,
argyrotype, cyanotype, gum bichromate and gum combination techniques, Ziatype, and
other processes and techniques that suit your needs. We also have a digital negative
production setup in the facility. While most of our printing is done in the sun, UV
exposure units are available.
This is an ideal workshop to combine with the
Wet Plate Collodion Workshop,
June 24 – 29. Christopher’s workshops are a lot of fun so come prepared to spend
a creative week, with a great group of artists, working in-depth on an alt process
technique, project, or portfolio.
© Christopher James, Alison & Ruby Rose- New Mexico 7-13-12
Christopher James is an internationally known artist and photographer whose paintings
and alternative process images have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the
U.S. and abroad, His work has been published and shown extensively, including shows
in the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, George Eastman House,
and Philadelphia Museum of Art. His book, The Book of Alternative Photographic
Processes, receiving unprecedented critical acclaim, was the winner of The Golden
Light Technical Book of the Year award, and is, in it’s second edition, recognized as the
definitive reference text in alternative process image making. Christopher’s 850 page /
550 image 3rd Edition will be published in 2013. Having taught at Harvard University
for 13 years, Christopher is presently University Professor and Director of the MFA in
Photography program at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. He is also
a graphic designer and a professional scuba diver. This is Christopher’s tenth year
teaching at the Workshops. His web site is www.christopherjames-studio.com.