Alternative photographic printmaking with Peter Renn

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About this course

An opportunity to explore a variety of alternative and historic photographic processes, including: Argyrotype, Cyanotype, Lumen prints and Anthotype. Images can be cameraless or made from digital photographs.

Course Description

This course is designed for anyone who is interested in alternative or historic photographic processes and who wants to make prints with or without a camera, using techniques which need minimal equipment and facilities.

You will:

Be introduced to a selection of methods

Learn about the historical and artistic context of photographic printmaking

Become familiar with the equipment, methods and practicalities involved

Achieve a sound knowledge of several processes: Argyrotype (Kallitype), Cyanotype, Lumen prints and Anthotype, plus an understanding of how the 'alternative process' discipline works, in order to have confidence in exploring further techniques independently


On completion, you should be proficient and confident in mixing and using chemicals, preparing and coating substrates and making digital negatives for printing and controlling exposure.

On the first evening, there will be an introductory talk, plus discussion of the potential and expectations.

On the first full day, you will learn about:

Safe handling and use of chemicals

Equipment, tools and materials

Coating and preparation methods

Making digital negatives

On the following days, you will work with materials prepared the day before, making both cameraless photogenic drawings and printing from digital negatives. There will be opportunities for making more negatives and preparing extra material, as time allows.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course, the tutor will supply most materials, including: chemicals, papers, inkjet negative film. 30 sheets of A3 watercolour paper to print on will also be provided.

What students need to bring

  • Digital camera (anything is fine, even phone cameras), plus USB cables or card reader, etc. to connect to a computer

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • You won’t need to buy anything from the shop as materials wil be supplied, but if you want to try other papers, fabrics, etc., the shop stocks suitable items.
  • Available from tutor:
  • You won’t need to buy anything from the tutor as materials wil be supplied, but additional supplies will be available to purchase.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals. There may be some Health & Safety restrictions on access to workshop in the absence of the tutor.


Peter Renn

Long established as a photographer, printmaker and educator, Peter Renn has been working in photography since the late 1980s. He has made editorial, fashion and advertising work for clients nationally and internationally. He has also taught all ages and abilities including smaller groups such as photography societies and private clients.  With specialist expertise in large format, film and darkroom-based work he is particularly interested in historic processes and alternative/experimental forms of image making.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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