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Platinum Printing

This two day workshop is a fun introduction to platinum printing, one of the most sought after processes in the fine art world. It was made famous by such master photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Irving Penn, Tina Mondotti, Lois Conner and many others. Learning platinum printing is a journey of creative expression and connection with the world around us. There has been a recent revival as well as a renaissance in the medium; Platinum prints are amongst the most beautiful and permanent of the photographic processes. Come and experience the excitement of transformation, turn your contemporary digital images into unique hand-made gems.

This class is about platinum printing and negatives will be provided (vintage and contemporary). While digital negative making workflow will be discussed, it will not be taught during this workshop.

All supplies will be provided (cost of supplies covered under the Lab Fee), simply bring appropriate clothing for a darkroom experience. Each student must send 3 High RES JPEGS to the instructor one week before the course is scheduled.

Lab Fee: $175 (included in tuition)


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.