Peters Valley Photography, Located in one of the most scenic portions of the tri-state area [PA, NY and NJ], only a few short hours from both New York City & Philadelphia, offers a wide selection of classes, all of which are limited to less than 10 students to insure lots of instructor contact.

We offer an intimate environment in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area with comfortable housing, good food and great instructors.

Our workshops run from May through September. Along with the alternative workshops listed here, we also offer many lens'ed and "normal" photography workshops. Please contact Andy Schmitt or visit our website for more details.
Catalogs available for all our other sections from the web or Peters Valley Center, 19 Kuhn Road, Layton, NJ 07851, USA.


Andy Schmitt
Peter Valley Photography Workshops

Printing with Cyanotype and Vandyke

Carmen Lizardo
June 13-16 2003 (4 day)
This will be a complete hands-on guide to hand applied emulsions in the Cyanotype and Vandyke Brown processes, all of which will be presented within a historical and contemporary context (from the early 1830's to today's digital options). Students will transform their images by experimenting with alternative materials such as fine quality papers and fabrics. Conventional and new approaches in how to produce enlarged negatives, as well as traditional ways of mixing chemistry will be covered. We will briefly discuss how to set up a simple ultraviolet unit for home use.

Darkroom Alchemy: The Modern Melainotype

Scott McMahon
June 20-24 2003 (5 day)
This workshop will explore contemporary variations on the 19th Century Melainotype process (better known as Ferrotype or Tintype). We will be using a variety of gelatin-based emulsions to sensitize metal plates for direct in-camera positives. Students will also explore other methods in printing on metallic surfaces using enlarged positives, slides, digital images, etc. We will focus on commercially available materials as well as mixing solutions from scratch. Discover this modern version of the process that swept the nation over 140 years ago.

Gum Bichromate Printing

Sandra C. Davis
June 27 - July 1 2003 (5 day)
This alternative image-making process allows you to build multicolored, multi-layered prints using a full range of color. Photosensitized watercolor is brushed onto paper upon which translucent drawings, negatives, and other objects are placed during exposure to strong light. The results are a combination of painting and photography.

Introduction to Platinum/Palladium Printing

Robert Borsuk
July 11-14 2003 (4 day)
This workshop is designed to introduce black and white photographers to this beautiful historic process. Because this is a contact process, the first two days will be spent in the darkroom enlarging small camera negatives (35mm - 4x5) to 8x10 negatives. During the next two days we will print these large negatives in Palladium on hand coated Arches paper. Please bring sharp, fully developed, "contrasty" negatives for enlargement.

Exploring Hand-Painted B&W Photography

Sandra Eisner
July 25-28 2003 (4 day)
This workshop will take the student on a creative journey which begins with the making of a black and white image, continues through the printing process and ends when the prints are painted using photographic oils. Infrared film and a variety of printing papers will be explored. Students are expected to be familiar with shooting and processing black and white film and at least rudimentary processing and printing techniques.

Pinhole Photography

Guy Glorieux
August 8-11 2003 (5 day)
You will learn to turn just about anything into a pinhole camera, from an Altoid peppermint box to a dislocated vintage camera to room-sized Camera Obscura. Through hands-on experiments, you will learn to master the interactions between focal length, optimal pinhole size, aperture, exposure, reciprocity failure, light fall-off and vignetting which are all central to great pinhole photographs. You will also become familiar with a range of camera formats. This workshop will provide lots of opportunities for interaction with the teacher so that you can get immediate feedback on your work.