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Platinum/Palladium Printing in One-Day with Sean Blocklin (In-Person Learning – One Session)

  • April 29, 2023
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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© Photo by Sean Blocklin


In-Person Learning

Platinum and Palladium prints are considered the zenith of alternative process printing. Two of the most precious metals on earth combine to produce images of gorgeous tonal value. In this fun, hands-on workshop, you will gain the knowledge and confidence to take on the Platinum/Palladium printing process. Class will start with a brief history of the process and quickly move into the darkroom, where we will spend the day printing. Digital negative creation will be covered as well as safety and environmental considerations.

No prior darkroom experience is necessary! Come ready to dive in. Since this is a printing class, you should have digital images or negatives ready to go. All other materials will be provided.

Each student will make up to 12 prints on 8×10 paper and 5 prints on 11×15 paper. An extra $175 materials will be added to the course tuition to cover the materials cost.

Course outline:
• Introductions
• History of Pt/Pd printing
• Safety concerns
• Environmental concerns
• Explanation of materials
• Printing demonstration
• Basic digital negative creation
• Let’s print!
• Wrap-up and questions.

This course is strictly limited to 12 students..

Sean Blocklin is a photographer and lab manager, who moved from Jersey City to sunny California to spend more time in a darkroom. He studied at Pratt, beginning with a focus on film and video, before shifting to photography, as he found he preferred to tell a story in a single frame. While in college, he began working for Chuck Kelton (master printer, Kelton Labs), whom he assisted for 6 years, having the privilege to print for Lou Stettner, Mary Ellen Mark, Danny Lyon, and many more. He also assisted the artist Hale Gurland, doing small to large format photography and sculpture. Now working at Santa Monica College as the Studio & Lab Manager, Sean enjoys combining his passions for photography and mentoring to guide burgeoning artists.


  • One Session
  • Dates: Saturday, April 29, 10 am – 6 pm PST
  • Enrollment Limit: 12 students
  • Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
  • Tuition: $275 + $175 materials fee
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