Gum Bichromate Workshop

In partnership with The Creative Arts Center of Dallas, delve into the 19th century photographic process of monochromatic gum printing!
Upcoming Classes

This workshop is held at DCP from 1:00pm-5:00pm. Registration Fee: $190

Two DCP instructors will guide students through the 19th century photographic process of monochromatic gum printing. Students will learn to create an emulsion of watercolor paint, potassium dichromate, and gum Arabic. After applying the emulsion, the sensitized paper will be exposed in a UV box and developed in water. Instructors will make up to 5 digital negatives of submitted images before the class and will explain the digital conversion process. Students will submit these images prior to the session. Students will also be able to draw directly onto transparency material for printing. Beginner to advanced artists are welcome. No prior photo knowledge is needed to learn this creative process!

DCP will supply all materials to make 8-10 prints. You’re welcome to bring your own paper for coating if you have something special you’d like to experiment with. The paper has to be able to survive being in water without falling apart.

  • The cost of the workshop is $190.
  • Maximum number of students is 10.
  • Advanced registration and payment is required.
  • The workshop is at Dallas Center for Photography (4756 Algiers Street, Dallas, TX 75207) in our darkroom. Room is equipped with safety stations, ample ventilation and PPE.
  • The workshop will take place from 1pm-5pm.
  • Doors open at 12:30pm
  • Aprons and non-latex gloves will be provided.
  • Parking is available in the DCP lot or along Algiers St.
  • Some of the workshop may take place in our back parking lot so please bring appropriate clothing for indoors & outdoors.
  • All materials will be provided. If you have materials you would like to experiment with you are welcome to bring them!

Q: How late can I sign up for a workshop?
A: As long as the workshop doesn’t show as “sold out,” you can register up until 5:00pm on Wednesday, January 11th.

Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: No, lunch will not be provided, but feel free to bring a snack.

Q: I’m under 18. Can I take the classes or workshop?
A: Yes, but only if an adult registers to take the classes with you.

Q: How will I know if a workshop makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be cancelled, you will receive an email no later than the night before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 7 days or more ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. A cancellation between 5 to 7 days ahead of scheduled date will receive 50% refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 4 days of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Humna Raza

Humna is an American-Pakistani multidisciplinary artist interested in the human body and suppressed emotions. Her works explore concealed feelings of trauma, stress, anxiety and depression through a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, ceramics, and photography. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, she grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and later earned her BFA from TWU and an MFA in Intermedia.  She currently teaches alt process classes at UTA.

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Whitney J. Daude-Willis

Originally from Ding Dong, Texas, Whitney assisted her parents in loading their 35mm cameras with film in hotel rooms on vacation from a young age. She received her BFA in Art, with a concentration in Photography, from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2017. After graduation, she accepted the Photo Lab Coordinator position at UTA, assisting students in navigating lighting studios, digital print labs, an alternative process lab, and a black and white darkroom. More passionate for the black and white darkroom, Whitney has found that the safelights have proven to be a safe space since graduation. Since 2015, she has assisted instructor and photographer Scott Hilton in professional projects. Additionally, she assisted both renowned wet plate photographer Lisa Elmaleh in tintype workshops and Alan Ross in fine art printing during their DCP workshops.

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