Push the boundaries of what photography can be by exploring hand-made prints using the most beautiful and historic photographic processes including cyanotype, salt printing, gum bichromate, gum oil, platinum & palladium, as well as incorporating contemporary digital techniques. Experiment with a variety of the antique and digital photographic processes in this survey workshop with Cotton Miller, and then focus on a few of the processes, or a combination, to make truly spectacular prints that fulfill your personal aesthetic and vision.
For five exciting days during this holiday week in early July, Cotton guides your exploration and experimentation of a variety of the most popular and accessible experimental digital and alternative photographic processes. Together we spend our time making digital negatives for contact printing then learning the intricacies of cyanotype, salt printing, gum bichromate, gum oil, platinum and palladium printing. To make things even more interesting, Cotton introduces you to process over pigment, Ink-Aid, printing on Vellum, and using technical pre-visualization to identify strategies for workflow.
Our Alt-Pro Lab in sun-drenched Santa Fe is your playground for the week where experimentation is held in the highest regard and finding your favorite alternative process to bring your vision to life is the ultimate result.
COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2023, Santa Fe Workshops highly recommends that all participants, staff, and instructors attending be up to date with Covid vaccinations (per definition of the CDC).
Proficient in digital workflow; working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.
Cotton Miller received his MFA in Photography & New Media in 2013 from Lesley University College of Art and Design, in Boston. In addition to being honored by The Boston Globe as one of six artists to watch in 2013, he had multiple exhibits in Boston and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in 2007.
Cotton is the Web Manager for Santa Fe Workshops and does web consultation projects for a variety of artists. He has designed websites for Nevada Wier, Christopher James, Alison Wright, Elizabeth Opalenik, and Santa Fe Workshops. Cotton’s personal work combines traditional printing methods with digital, alternative process, mixed media, and multimedia. He worked as a master printer for Blazing Editions in Providence and Cotton was a research assistant for The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (third edition) by Christopher James. Cotton collaborates with many artists for not only web design, but also graphic design, exhibition design, exhibition production, and printing fine art editions.