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Large Format, Non-Silver – FALL

This course is designed for photographers with basic darkroom experience who want to delve into the art of 4×5 negative making. Students will learn to slow down and create dynamic compositions using both natural light and controlled studio light. Over time, contact printing of negatives will introduce students to non-silver ways to bring their negatives to life, including Cyanotype and Calotype.

In class use of cameras and chemicals are included in the tuition. Students must provide their own 4×5 film.



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

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

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.

September 25 - December 4

Wednesday 1:00PM-5:00PM



10 in stock

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.