2024 Christchurch Workshops

June 15 & 16th                 Carbon transfer printing

July 20th                          Digital negatives
July 21th                          Platinum and/or Cyanotype printing

August 17 & 18th            Carbon transfer printing

September 14th              Digital negatives
September 15th              Platinum and/or Cyanotype printing

November 9 & 10th       Carbon transfer printing

December 7th                  Digital negatives
December 8th                  Platinum and/or Cyanotype printing

Platinum palladium, cyanotype, carbon transfer and digital negative workshops

One day platinum/ cyanotype workshops will have you printing several of your own images using the cyanotype and/ or platinum palladium process.  We will cover choosing and preparing papers, sourcing and mixing the chemicals required and processing your prints to an archival standard. The day also includes a discussion on making digital negatives and/ or how to expose and develop your film negatives for these processes.

The digital negative workshop provides you with hands-on tuition to master the preparation and calibration of digitals negatives using an Epson printer. The method you will learn will allow you to use your own inkjet printer with any of the numerous Alternative photographic printing processes. We will finish the day by making a platinum and cyanotype print from your photographs.

A two day carbon transfer workshop will immerse you in the world of carbon printing, considered by many to be the most beautiful and archival form of photographic printing that allows the printer to create a unique image with a three-dimensional look from the noticeable “bas relief”.  During the workshop you will make the carbon tissues, select and prepare the final paper, sensitise, expose and develop.  We will work with single transfer monochrome process and this workshop is limited to two people.

I’m also happy to discuss if you have some specific dates or outcomes you wish to explore in a one on one or small group bespoke workshop at my studio or yours. Whether you are just starting or wants to explore the many variations and combinations possible with the platinum, cyanotype, gum bichromate and carbon processes.

Full workshop notes and lunch is provided.

Get in touch below if you have any questions and to enquire about availability and costs.



Jo – Christchurch
2nd February 2022

I’m still completely buzzing and need a beer to come down now. So much energy and excitement to see all these prints come to life. As you know, printing can be a pretty solitary process (and I do like the meditativeness of that), but it’s a different level to share in other people’s journeys at the same time.
That was a great group this weekend and I’m very thankful for your generosity of sharing a lot of the shortcuts/insights that would have been lengthy (and costly) to find out and solve ourselves.
Also, thanks to Louise for the wonderful catering.

All in all, as I said, this weekend surpassed my (already high) expectations by a mile.
Thank you so much,

Simon Schollum
9th March 2020

Thank you Stuart. Your Platinum / Palladium course was inspirational, educational and highly applicable right out of the box. Your lesson-plan and patient easy manner made each day of the course highly educational and thoroughly enjoyable. Your attention to detail and innate understanding of the various processes enabled me to be producing amazing prints on day one and target & refine through day II. I am thrilled with the images we made and take away fond memories of the warm welcome and convivial atmosphere you and your wife achieved for attendees. Thank you for sharing your personal work with so much of it derived from the other venerable processes which you have mastered and made very much your own. Your Pt/Pd course is a total immersion experience which I strongly recommend to all with an interest in alternative processes delivered at the hands of a practised Master.  Congratulations to you both. Simon

Andris Apse
17 September 2018

Hi Stuart, As you know I attended a Platinum/Palladium workshop in San Francisco run by Mark Nelson which inspired me to investigate producing my own P/P prints. However, I found the technical and equipment requirements daunting and expensive for me and I temporarily shelved the project. Then I met you which inspired me to look again and dare to believe that it might be possible. After very thorough and detailed ( patient ) training from you I am producing my own prints. The procedural documents you prepared for me are all I could have hoped for. Even a nincompoop like me can follow your precise directions, and I can acquire the equipment, materials and chemicals needed through the list of contacts you gave me.

The formidable equipment list I thought I needed after the San Francisco workshop has been whittled down to TradeMe and Bunnings alternatives which cost a fraction of my original estimates.

I think anyone visiting you in your darkroom will very quickly realise that you are extremely knowledgable, a master of improvisation and will be encouraged to give P/P or indeed other alternative printing processes a crack. Thanks again for inspiring me and having the patience to lead me through the process.


Andris Apse
P.O.Box 3 Whataroa
Westland 7857. New Zealand
Ph. 64 3 753 4241

In reply to Andris Apse.
Thanks for the message Andy, I am pleased you found the workshop rewarding and successful.
Keep in touch with your progress and if you have any questions that I can help you with.
Kind Regards

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