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Alternative Photographic Processes

Alternative Photographic Processes

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Guy Paterson


As photography becomes increasingly digitally orientated 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

The best of old and new will be combined learning about the latest advances in making digital negatives which will then be used in conjunction with a historic printing out technique.

Liquid photographic emulsions will be used with art papers, fabric, glass and perspex.

Contact processes such as Cyannotype, Van Dyke and Gum bichromate printing will also be explored for use with both papers and fabric.

Each process introduced will be accompanied by a brief handout and recipe and 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: None.

Students are encouraged to bring imagery with which to experiment.

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

Tutor Description

Guy Paterson is a print-maker and public artist. He studied fine art at Central Saint Martins.  Should you wish to find out more about his work, visit Guy's website at


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Black & white 35mm photographic negatives.

Available dates