Photography Workshops at Penland

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.





fall session 2
october 19 - 25, 2014


David Emitt Adams, The Battle Between Two Peaks,

tintype photograph on found objects from the Sonoran desert,

26 x 10 x 18 inches




David Emitt Adams
Rethinking Wet Plate Collodion Photography

In this workshop we’ll explore tintypes and ambrotypes—two photographic techniques based on wetplate collodion materials. As we learn, we’ll take a close look at contemporary artists who use historic photographic processes to communicate their ideas. Together we’ll rethink the photograph as the final product. You’ll explore the possibilities of these materials, experiment, and create alternative methods of display for your photographs. Students should have basic camera skills and be willing to work closely and carefully with photographic chemistry; otherwise the workshop is open to all levels. Code F02P

Studio artist, adjunct faculty at University of Arizona; exhibitions: Griffin Museum of Photography (MA), solo show at Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA); collections: Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego), Center for Creative Photography (AZ).



spring concentration
march 8 - may 1, 2015


Dan Estabrook, Small Fires,

gum bichromate with watercolor, gouache,

19 x 15 inches

Dan Estabrook
Photography in Reverse

This workshop will take a close look at the technological and aesthetic history of photography—backwards. Starting with our phones and contemporary cameras, we’ll work our way from digital photography into its chemical ancestors, covering drugstore color prints and black-and-white darkroom work and then into the nineteenth century: wet plate images, daguerreotypes, and early paper processes. Each week will be anchored by a full day of discussion and critique of each student’s work. Be ready: we’re going to do everything. All levels. Code S00P

Studio artist making contemporary art using 19th century photographic techniques; NEA fellowship; subject of documentary film by Anthropy Arts; recent exhibitions: Daniel Cooney Fine Art (NYC); representation: Catherine Edelman Gallery (Chicago), Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta).