Talbotype – salted paper | Photography Workshop

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The salted paper technique also known as talbotype is one of the oldest photographic techniques. It was developed by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1840. More interestingly, its creator had very little to do with photography in his daily life. He studied mathematics at Cambridge, was a member of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of parliament and a researcher of the Bible. He was enthusiastic about botany and, moreover, greatly contributed to deciphering the Asyrian cuneiform script from Nineveh. How did it happen that nowadays he is mostly remembered as a pioneer of talbotype? Talbot had no artistic skills, he couldn’t sketch but he really wanted to have copies that accurately represented reality.  

When: 15 December 2018, 10:00-14:00 (two groups)
Where: Photography Studio, the Hartwig Alley 
Registration: The workshop is free, the number of places is limited. To register, call tel.no. 81 533 08 18 Monday – Friday 10:00-16:00

Talbotype is seemingly easy but it requires a lot of skill to bring the best results. It is frequently considered insufficiently durable, which is an incorrect assumption because a print made well in this technique is no less durable than prints made in silver processes. 

During the workshop you will  learn to prepare salted paper, control the contrast of the photo, sensitize  paper using brush and a glass roller, expose and work with the paper in order to get the right colours and durability, make prints using the oldest known method, namely stabilizing without solidifying and tone photos following the salted paper technique.