WORKSHOP: Creating Van Dyke Prints from Digital Negatives

In conjunction with the April exhibition on Alternative Printing Processes, VCP is proud to announce our next photographic workshop. This workshop, led by photographer and VCP Board Member William Dixon, will explore the early process of Van Dyke printing. Van Dyke printmaking, a spin-off of the salt print and the cyanotype print, had a brief popularity during the 1860’s and 1870’s. Prints are characteristically sepia in tone with excellent midtone definition. With the advent of negatives printed from digital files, the process has experienced somewhat of a revival among modern-day photographers interested in alternative print processes.

Learn more about William Dixon and see examples of his work online at

DATE: April 13, 2014 [Sunday] : 11:00am – 4:00pm

WHERE: Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat Street, Brattleboro, Vt. 05301 (Directions)

WHAT TO BRING: Stock negatives will be available to the participants. However, you are strongly encouraged to contact the instructor prior to the 13th to have him create a digital negative from your own personal photographs. This negative can then be used to create your Van Dyke print in the workshop.

WHAT MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED: The instructor will provide all materials required for the workshop including negatives, chemicals, paper, and equipment needed to print high-quality Van Dyke prints.

WHAT YOU WILL TAKE AWAY: By the end of the workshop, each participant will have learned how to make Van Dyke prints. Individuals will have printed three or four [ time permitting ]  prints that will be taken with them.

COST OF THE WORKSHOP: $100  (Please use the registration form below to save your spot!)


NOTE: Persons interested in the workshop are encouraged to contact William Dixon at if they have any questions.