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Art and science of platinum printing private workshop

Spend One, Two or Three days working with Ray Bidegain to learn the wonderful process of platinum printing. Hand made platinum prints are beautiful and highly regarded art objects with a long history.  Starting with a sheet of 100% cotton paper we will hand coat the paper with an emulsion of light-sensitive platinum/palladium metals. Negatives are printed in contact with the coated sheet and tray developed.  The resulting prints are a joy to make and absolutely beautiful.  Because it is a contact process we will be working with either large-format negatives or enlarged digital negatives from files or scans.

During the class we will cover:
  • Paper selection

  • Hand coating techniques

  • Creation of digital negatives

  • Darkroom technique for tailoring your camera negatives for the process.

  • Exposure and development of prints

  • Equipment needs for a home darkroom

  • Final presentation and display

My schedule is flexible and I can offer sessions weekdays as well as weekends. Once you have signed up for the session we can look at our calendars and choose dates to work together.

Covid vaccinations and masks will be required for workshops and mentorships

Days of instructionOne-day

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Do you offer private mentoring at this time

Yes, I am fully vaccinated and accepting students to my studio that are likewise vaccinated

Can we talk about a custom mentorship ?

Yes indeed, I often create workshops that are tailored to the needs and interests of my students, I am able to provide studies in all Alt process photography genres.

Can you mentor me in the making of photographs as well as the processes?

I will look forward to helping you find your way with making photographs of what ever your desire, I can help you do discover that same desire as well.

How about selling work?

Over the years I have explored many venues of commerce for my work and I will gladly share them with you as you decide what is best for your situation.

The Cascabel Press Studio

My darkroom and printmaking studio

for the last 32 years I have worked in the cozy basement of my 110 year old home in Portland Oregon. Your fine prints are made here and are a product of my love of photography and art.

My backyard daylight studio

Where I make pictures

for the last several years I have been making my work in a small daylight studio in my backyard.