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Photography & Printmaking Workshop in Paris ~ Atelier Vagabond

with Michael McCarthy

Cyanotype Photo Workshop in the small town of Gentilly (one métro stop outside Paris)
(contact us to schedule a session):

The cyanotype photo process is one of the oldest but also one of the easiest to learn and master.
Students of all levels are able to master the process very quickly. There is no need for previous photography darkroom experience.

Students will be shown a number of different approaches to using the cyanotype photo proces. We will experiment with making photograms where we create "shadow pictures" of various objects and we'll discuss and experiment with some of the various ways of working with more traditional photographic subject matter using either traditional film or digital imagery as our starting point. Students with a strong photo interest as well as those who are "photography phobic" will find the cyanotype process offers endless exciting possibilities. The process allows for sharp photographic detail but can also have a very painterly quality depending on one's approach.

Students are asked to come with small objects (flowers or other plants are great subjects) for making photograms as well as digital photographic images saved to a USB memory stick which can be used to demonstrate the various ways to approach using the cyanotype process. Students will be given careful explanation of all the photo chemistry necessary, the various recipes which can be used, sources for finding the various chemicals and other necessary equipment so that they can leave and continue doing their own experiments after the end of the class.

To see more samples of Michael McCarthy's photography work.

We are also offering other workshops this Summer:
2-day photo workshop in Paris
3-day photo workshop in Paris
Pinhole Photography Workshop

Cost for Cyanotype Photo Workshop: 175 euros / student.
Bring a friend and you'll only pay 150 euros each (you must pay the entire fee together).

Included in the workshop:
• Michael's expertise gained from 25 years' experience in photography.
• All chemistry and papers for making cyanotype prints.

Workshop Benefits:
This workshop is a studio based workshop and as such will take place in Gentilly, just beyond the Southern border with Paris (and easily accessible via RER line B).

At the conclusion of the workshops students will:
•have developed a foundation for all the various steps necessary for making good quality cyanotype prints.
•have been given sources for all necessary materials and chemistry to continue making cyanotypes on their own.

Workshop Features:
• Four hours of photography instruction in studio.
• Brief historical introduction to the Cyanotype process.
• Discussion of classical Cyanotype recipe.
• Discussion of the various paper and fabric possibilities which can be used with the Cyanotype process.

• Students will receive references for source materials in Paris and beyond.
• Groups limited to maximum of six students.

Price: 175 € / Student Click here to join our mailing list.

NOT included in workshop fees:
• digital or film cameras, memory cards, recordable CDs, DVDs or film
• transportation from your home to Paris
• accommodation in Paris during the workshop
• any meals and drinks other than those explicitly indicated in the program
• travel and emergency medical insurance.

• Fees are payable in Euros (€) by secure on-line credit card payment.
• A non-refundable deposit of 175€ is due to reserve class. We will agree upon a date and time for the class at this time. Class can be rescheduled with no penalty with at least 48 hours advanced notice.

Refund Policy:
Students must provide a full deposit to secure their spot in a workshop.

•With 48 hours advanced notice, a class can be rescheduled without penalty.
• If Atelier Vagabond should be required to cancel a tour or workshop, a full refund of all fees paid will be provided.

To register, please send email telling us how many people you'd like to register and we'll forward payment instructions for reserving your slot in a workshop:
Register for Cyanotype Workshop

about us

Michael McCarthy
has been teaching traditional and digital photography courses in university art programs for nearly twenty years. His work is represented in Paris by the Galerie Duboys in the gallery district of the Marais. His exhibition Human Form in 2012 was selected as Best Gallery Exhibition in the Paris region for 2012 by Marc Lenot on his Lunettes Rouges blog hosted by celebrated newspaper Le Monde.
McCarthy Bio