Discover the magic and boundless artistic opportunities in the hand-colored photograph. Hand-coloring is as old as photography itself. In the 19th century, color tinting was applied to early black-and-white prints to make them more closely resemble reality; it was the advent of color films in the 1950s that took photographic hand-coloring techniques into the realm of interpretive artistic expression. Applying color has become a way for photographers to alter their images so that they become something more compelling and absolutely unique. Photography is a remarkable process, and the hands-on aspect of applying pigment is not only fun, it is meditation on the joy of creating something that comes from within.
Media & Techniques:
Students are introduced to the many materials and techniques of hand-coloring, inspiring you to experiment with your own creative process. We begin with a digitally-output print and then apply a variety of oil paints, pigments, pencils and inks or pastels in combination to extend the photographic image and produce the desired effects. The possibilities are limited only by one’s imagination.
Each day consists of demonstration for all types of media, inspirational slide shows and ample studio time to work.
Kate Breakey is internationally known for her large-scale, richly hand-colored photographs. Since 1980, her work has appeared in more than 100 one-person exhibitions and in over 70 group exhibitions in the United States, France, Japan, Australia, China and New Zealand. Her photographs are held in many public institutions including the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and the Australian National Gallery in Canberra.