Black and white: advanced printing [Intensive – advanced level]

This workshop is open to all those who aim to examine in depth the traditional black and white printing techniques and already own primary level film developing and b/w printing skills; the program includes a full immersion during which participants will deal with photographic printing on resin coated and fiber based variable contrast photo papers, through the analysis of negatives and application of sectorial masking and burning techniques, either related to tone and contrast. Throughout the guided printing sessions participants will be guided to identify the emerging questions and answers. Some post processing treatments like selenium toning and print spotting, will be examined as well.

Since the workshop does not include any shooting session, participants must take along their negatives to print; Sali d’Argento darkroom is equipped to print from 35mm to 4×5 format negatives.

Workshop program

day 1 – friday

12.00 a.m.- 2.30 p.m.: arrival in Alfedena, registration and accommodation;

3.30 – 4.30 p.m.: introduction to the workshop and the darkroom;

5.00 – 7.30 p.m.: the analisys of negatives; tone, contrast and the choice of correct paper; resin coated and fiber based papers;

8.30 p.m.: complimentary welcome dinner.


day 2 – saturday

9.30 – 11.30 a.m.: the interpretation of negatives; burning and masking; contrast masking; printing essay;


11.45 a.m.  – 1.45 p.m.: guided printing session; identification of emerging problems and their solutions;

2.30 – 6.00 p.m.: guided printing session; identification of emerging problems and their solutions;

6.30 – 8.00 p.m.: selenium conservative toning; drying and spotting;


day 3 – sunday

9.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.: guided printing session;

3.30 – 6.00 p.m.: analysis of final prints and conclusions.

The program is to be considered indicative and subject to change if necessary to facilitate or better organize the work of the attendees.

Tuition: euro 350,00

Maximum no. of participants: 6

Tuition includes: basic chemicals and their disposal or recycle, photographic paper, use of darkroom, welcome dinner and overnight accommodation (two nights).

Tuition does not include: other materials and anything else not expressly mentioned.

Accommodation: Tuition includes overnight staying in Sali d’Argento guest house apartments, with double/twin/triple room accommodation. It is anyway possible to manage any specific demand (use as single room) or in other local hotels, guest houses and b&b, according to availability.

Membership: Sali d’Argento membership (20,00 euro) is mandatory and not included in tuition; membership allows taking part to activities and expires on dec 31 of each year.