The Alternative Processes Workshop with Joseph Rheaume (In-Person Learning – Two sessions)
Photo by Joseph Rheaume

The Alternative Processes Workshop with Joseph Rheaume (In-Person Learning – Two sessions)

  • September 10, 2022
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • September 11, 2022
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

In-Person Learning Class

In this unique, hands-on workshop we will experience the beauty and joy of interpreting our images through 19th-century photographic printing processes of Cyanotype, Salted Paper, and Platinum & Palladium.

Students will learn the techniques and gain the skills needed to make enlarged digital negatives from digital files for each alt-process, coat the alt-process solutions onto fine art papers used for each process, and gain valuable experience working with each of the alt-processes. This one-and-a-half-day hands-on workshop will also introduce participants to some of the oldest photographic processes. Participants will gain the skills required to create prints on their own including making enlarged digital negatives.

A brief historical and technical discussion of each process will be presented. The goal is to provide each participant with an opportunity to experience the subtleties of each process and walk away with 4-6 prints and negatives.

Saturday’s class session will be held at Thymele Arts Building in Hollywood. Sunday will be held at Santa Monica College.

***IMPORTANT NOTE:*** Saturday’s class session will be mostly lecture-oriented explaining the process of making digital negatives. Students will be asked to send files before the class begins to the instructor for printing.

This course is strictly limited to 12 students

Course outline:
Saturday, 10am – 3pm @ Thymele Arts
1. Introductions
2. Overview & History of the Alternative Photographic Processes
3. Making Digital Negatives for Cyanotype, Salted Paper Printing & Platinum Palladium
4. Evaluating Digital Negatives

Sunday, 10am – 6pm @ Santa Monica College
1. Paper Options
2. Cyanotype Printing Demonstration
3. Cyanotype Lab (coating & printing) 10:30am – 12:00pm
4. Salted Paper Printing Demonstration (Silver Nitrate Coating)
5. Salted Paper Printing Lab (coating & printing) 1:00pm – 3:00pm
6. Platinum / Palladium Printing Demonstration
7. Platinum / Palladium Lab 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Joseph Rheaume is a fine art photographer and educator from the western U.S. His passion for photographic image making was fostered at a very young age while watching his father make photographs with a Polaroid Land Camera. An active career in music gave way to his educational endeavors in 1996 when he began his studies at Arizona State University. By 2003 he had earned degrees in Engineering (BS) with an emphasis in Graphic Communications, Technology (MS) with an emphasis in Printing, and finally Fine Art (MFA) with an emphasis in Photography.
COVID-19 Alert & Policy:
We are asking that all students be vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours. Participants will be required to wear masks at all times, in addition to practicing social distancing.

By registering for this class you recognize the risks of contracting COVID-19 and release and hold harmless the Los Angeles Center of Photography from all liability.

Traveling from out of town? Need a place to stay?

We strongly recommend The Culver Hotel, a boutique hotel conveniently located about two miles from the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Guests of LACP will receive 25% off the listed room rate (pending closures and black-out periods).

Click HERE for details on booking.

Two Sessions
Dates: Saturday, September 10, 10 am – 2 pm, PST + Sunday, September 11, 10 am – 6 pm, PST
Enrollment Limit: 12 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
Tuition: $440 + $150 media, darkroom usage and on-site technician fee at Santa Monica College
Locations: Saturday: Thymele Arts Building, 5481 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029; Sunday: Santa Monica College, Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA



Venue Phone: 323-380-7406

Venue Website:

5481 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, California, 90029, United States


Thymele Arts Building
The building is located on the northeast corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Western Ave. Please enter the building on Santa Monica Blvd. Once inside, please proceed to the 2nd floor via the stairs or elevator. On the second level, you will be greeted by an electronic billboard letting you know which room the class will be held in (The Shirley Dawn Room, The California Room, The Kansas Room OR The Common Room).

An underground parking structure can be found very close at:
1110 North Western Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90029
Please bring $5 cash to park in the parking lot. There is also street metered parking as well if you rather park on the street.

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