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Historical Printing Processes: the past becomes the future
Vicki McKenna and Robert Brazile
March 25th, 2019
7:30 pm
Newton Senior Center
Photo by Robert Brazile

Historical Printing Processes: the past becomes the future

Robert Brazile and Vicki McKenna

What we now call alternative processes were the techniques used for capturing and printing images as photography developed in the nineteenth century. Today photographers are increasingly interested in these processes because they provide additional creative opportunities and often introduce an element of unpredictability to the final print. Improvements in inkjet printing have led to the ability to create negatives from digital files, opening up the opportunity to use these processes to print digitally-captured images. 


Come to the meeting to learn a bit about the history of photography and to see what the current enthusiasm is about. We’ll introduce you to some of the important processes and have examples for you to look at. And if you’re inspired, we’ll finish with directions for a process that you can do at home.


Newton Senior Center
345 Walnut Street

Newton, MA 02460

Enter by the back door. Take steps (or elevator) up to the main floor and turn left. The meeting room is on the left. Parking is on streets around Newton Senior Center.











Robert Brazile Bio

Robert Brazile is a nearly lifelong amateur photographer whose primary interests lie in the area of historic processes for making images and prints. While he uses digital cameras for subjects for which that is best (e.g., shooting sports or his new grandchild), he enjoys the elemental experience, freedom of format, and creative control provided by making his own gelatin emulsions for dry plate negatives. Then, with either a glass plate or film negative in hand, or a digital negative generated from a scan or digital camera, he uses other historic processes to produce prints, including salted paper, albumen, cyanotype, and carbon printing. Recently he has begun experimenting with niepceotypes (negative) and hyalotypes (positive), which are albumen-based processes for creating images. He enjoys shooting landscapes, architecture, and portraits.


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Vicki McKenna Bio

Vicki is a member of the Newton Camera Club. She has been photographing the natural and urban landscape for ten years. She earned a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences and this background informs her approach to photography. While continuing to use inkjet printing she has become interested in printing using some of the historic processes, concentrating on the platinum/palladium process. She has printed a portfolio of twenty-two landscapes for a two person show at Fountain Street Gallery, where she is a core member.  


Vicki has studied photography at the New England School of Photography, Maine Media Workshops, and the Photography Atelier at the Griffin Museum. She has had juried solo shows at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport and the Newton Free Library, and has exhibited extensively in group shows. Vicki has taught a freshman seminar focused on photography at M.I.T., where she also photographs for student programs and events.

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