skip to main content

Essential coronavirus info
We can’t wait to welcome our new and returning students from 19 October 2020. Your safety is our first priority.

Alternative Photographic Processes

Alternative Photographic Processes

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Guy Paterson


As photography has become digitally dominated there has been an increasing number of artists and designers looking back in history in search of a more engaging form of final output. By introducing a series of alternative photographic processes, using the photographic image as a starting point, the course will examine and demonstrate the choices and print methods available that go towards producing tangible pieces of work. By underlining the interaction between image and base material, new processes are explored, and creative departures encouraged.

Topics covered

Context: We will start the course by looking at number of significant artists and photographers, both historical and contemporary, who work in this area.

Liquid photographic emulsions: Will be used in the darkroom with art papers, canvas and glass.

Cyanotype printing: Learn how to carefully control contrast when creating both analogue and digital negatives.

Van Dyke printing: Learn how to create a beautiful permanent image on both paper and fabric.

UV Reactive Dyes: Learn how to create permanent multi coloured prints on paper and fabric.

Digital negatives: Take advantage of modern technology and learn how to create a custom curve in Photoshop and print onto acetate in a specific colour to fine tune your final image.

Each process introduced will be accompanied by a brief handout and recipe. You will be shown how to continue these techniques after the course with the minimum of specialist equipment.


This course will suit both beginners and experienced darkroom users.

Entry requirements


Students are encouraged to bring their own imagery with which to experiment.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Guy Paterson is an artist that specialises in photography and printmaking. He studied fine art at Central Saint Martins. He has work in the public domain and regularly exhibits both nationally and internationally. If you wish to find out more about his work and examples of work done on this course in the past visit Guy's website at


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Black & white 35mm photographic negatives.

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please sign up to our mailing list to find out about upcoming dates and new course developments.