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Alternative Process: An Intensive Survey Course – FALL

Historical photographic processes are experiencing a resurgence in many areas of professional photography. Today, many fine art and commercial photographers are exploring alternative processes and finding ways to use them in their work. Over the course of ten weeks we will survey several historical processes including platinum, Vandyke Brown, cyanotype, salt prints and paper negatives. Weekly critique will address technical and aesthetic aspects of the student-made imagery and prepare students for independent practice of the demonstrated skills between classes. If you are a seasoned film photographer and have a cache of large format negatives to work from this is the perfect class for you!

The cost of the chemicals for classroom use is included in the cost of this course, students must provide their own paper and are encouraged to purchase their own personal chemicals for specific processes they want to investigate independently outside of class.


Pre-requisite: This is an intensive, introductory level course meant for students who have experience working in a darkroom.

To participate in this class, student must be 18 years of age or the minimum of a high school graduate (or the equivalent).

About the instructor: Ronald Cowie

Ron Cowie is a Rhode Island based still and motion photographer. He is the principal owner of Oyster Farm Productions, a corporate video company and the Bert and None Gallery, an online gallery of fine art photography. Ron has lead workshops in landscape, creative portraiture, and 19th century photography at NESOP for eighteen years. He taught workshops and guest lectured at The George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, The Episcopal School in Alexandria, VA, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

His fine art work is in the permanent collection of the Newport Art Museum, Boston Public Library, and Maumee Valley Country Day School. His work is represented by Jessica Hagen Contemporary Art in Newport, Rhode Island and the Photo Eye Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

He earned his B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati and graduated from NESOP in 1998 with concentrations in editorial and advertising photography. Ron’s editorial client list includes, Yankee Magazine, Rhode Island Monthly, Bryant University, The University of Rhode Island, SO Rhode Island, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has a wide variety of commercial and corporate clients.

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Please note: NESOP’s evening workshops do not fall under the scope of the school’s accreditation, and so they are not accredited by ACCSC.