Kallitype Workshop

With Instructor Mitch Eckert SelfieSelfie

Instructor Bio:

Mitch Eckert is an award-winning artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been included in a variety of publications from textbooks to journals. After receiving his B.F.A. in photography and sculpture from Indiana University he went on to earn an M.F.A. from Ohio University focusing on photography and printmaking. His technical knowledge of photography is well rooted in the mediums rich historic processes including his masterful works in kallitype. For Mitch the choice of photographic equipment, process and materials need to have a good marriage with concept and content. His exploration in the genre of still life has been ongoing for more than 25 years. Other projects revolve around cabinets of curiosities, botanic and formal gardens as well as natural history museums. His work is held in the collections of 21c. Museum, Butler Institute of American Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Mitch Eckert currently lives and works in Louisville Kentucky where he is an Associate Professor of Art teaching all things photographic.


Kallitype: From Digital File to Print

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  • The Kallitype has a rich history beginning with Sir John Herschel in 1842 through its 1889 patent by W.W.J. Nicol. Also known as the ‘poor man’s platinum print’ the Kallitype is often indistinguishable from the platinum and palladium printing process. In fact, there are many vintage images out in the world claiming to be platinum prints that are in fact Kallitypes.


  • It has a reputation for being complex and archivally fugitive, but it is quite simple and as archival as any other historic silver-based processes. Join me as I guide you on a journey from creating a digital negative to making an archivally toned print.


  • In this workshop I introduce students to a very simple and effective way of calibrating a digital negative and producing curves using the free online resource Easy Digital Negatives http://www.easydigitalnegatives.com/. Each attendee will print an image on letter size Pictorico transparency film, hand coat a sheet of Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag paper and process the print in a simple developer made from scratch.


  • Handouts with resources and instructions will be distributed so anyone interested can do this at home. All you need is running water and some Christmas lights!

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When: Sunday, July 24th 2022 9am

Where: Photographer’s Eye Collective

326 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, CA

Fee: Tuition: $185


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