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One critic has called Marcy Palmer’s work “an exploration of beauty as an antidote to personal and political crisis,” noting that the specificity of her elegant imagery lends itself to contemplation.
In this hands-on workshop in Santa Fe, Marcy opens-up a world of photographic possibilities by sharing two alternative processes: image transfer and the application of silver and gold leaf. Both techniques allow photographers to incorporate unusual materials with distinct properties into their images.
To deepen our understanding of these two special processes, we contextualize the photograph as both image and object, addressing the significance of physicality and three-dimensionality. This approach allows us to consider which forms our photographs might take and how those forms will help us communicate our concepts and ideas most effectively.
As we view and discuss historical and contemporary examples of the two techniques, we become familiar with each through demonstrations and exercises. Of course, we also create new photographs of our own, and Marcy provides expert feedback on our work in group and individual critiques.
By slowing down and taking time to experiment with new artistic options, you discover the ways that beauty, in all its various and unexpected configurations, can manifest anew in your images.
Note: This workshop utilizes the Alt Process Lab located in the basement of The Workshops. There is a flight of stairs that you will use quite a bit, traveling back and forth from the digital lab.
Proficient in digital workflow; working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
Marcy Palmer’s work circles around themes of beauty, nature, and science. Marcy has an M.F.A. in Photography & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts and a B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College.
Marcy’s work has been exhibited at various spaces including The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Center for Photographic Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and other venues. Her work has been written about in The Boston Globe Sunday Edition, Humble Arts Foundation, L’Oiel de la Photographie, Lenscratch, and other publications. Marcy released a book with Yoffy Press at the end of 2020, titled “You Are Eternity, You Are the Mirror” which was chosen as a PhotoEye 2020 favorite photobook, The Luupe’s Best Women Made Photobooks of 2020, and one of Deep Red Press’s memorable photobooks of 2020. She lives and works in Dallas.