The versatile and painterly bromoil process is a printing method that combines the arts of photography, printmaking, and painting. In this workshop, students will learn the process from start to finish.
The Bromoil process begins by bleaching a black and white silver gelatin print to remove the silver. Lithographic ink is then applied with a brush or roller to replace the silver in the print. Any color or combination of colors can be used. Each piece is individually inked by hand; therefore no two prints are identical.
In the early 1900’s, bromoil was favored by pictorial photographers who used it to add ‘artistic rendering’ to their work. For Pictorialists, creating a unique print was held in high esteem, and with the bromoil process they were able to create prints with such an affected appearance, they were occasionally mistaken for paintings.
Students should bring digital negatives for enlarging or large-format digital negatives to make contact prints (generally, as close to 8”x10” as possible).