Delve deeper into alternative photographic processes to refine your skills and vision.

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Advanced Alternative Photographic Processes is a perfect match for image makers who have completed the Exploring Alternative Photographic Processes workshop or have extensive experience with alternative photographic processes. It is also the workshop for students that want additional exposure to instruction and feedback, working time, dedicated space and materials to refine their skills and to focus their energy on a specific project or process. Participants receive individual guidance and considered feedback on work in progress. Along with critique and new ideas to motivate and create, the class aims to foster a challenging and progressive environment. History of photography is discussed and tied to the techniques which expand students’ working knowledge and personal connection to the medium. Individual process demonstrations are given on a daily basis and an exploration into varying processes of interest is strongly encouraged.

In this advanced course, students delve deeply into platinum / palladium, and developer and paper choices, salted paper and an array of gold toners, Kallitypes and toners, Argyrotype, Cyanotype, gum bichromate & gum combination techniques, albumen, and Ziatype. In addition, the class also covers introduction to the field-wet-plate process and chemistry. Students have access to a complete digital negative production set-up in the lab facility for producing contact negatives. While most printing is done in the sun, UV exposure units are available for printing on the rare cloudy or rainy days.

This workshop is designed for students who have completed the Exploring Alternative Photographic Processes workshop or have a strong familiarity and experience working with alternative photographic processes. A letter with specific recommendations on what to bring will be sent to all participants prior to the workshop.

Admission is based on experience and level of familiarity; portfolio review; or by instructor’s permission.

Brenton Hamilton’s work can be viewed and questions can be answered at:


"As we stepped back in time, Brenton held our hand and patiently guided us through the alternative history of our images."
- Gabriel Biderman, Brooklyn, NY


Brenton Hamilton

Raised in Maine, Brenton Hamilton is an educator and a working studio artist living in Rockland, Maine. Hamilton’s earliest years were growing up on the Maine coast on Clapboard island near Falmouth, Maine.

Brenton attended the University of Maine and Maine Photographic Workshops completing studies in 1985 and later earned a baccalaureate degree from LaGrange College in Design, Magna Cum Laude in 1990 and an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 1992.

Hamilton has led classes and critiques at Maine Media Workshops for over two decades and his specialty areas include the history of photography, B&W darkroom craft and the  19th century historic processes. Brenton lectures widely both in Maine and nationally about contemporary issues in photography, its history and other subject area interests within the medium and contemporary trends. He is also on the adjunct faculty at and teaches many historic process courses at The Center of Alternative Processes also in New York. Brenton is a contributing writer and president of Obscura, founded in 2009, a non profit organization devoted to the progress of youth education in photography and books.

His work is represented at TILT Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona and Susan Maasch Fine At in Portland, Maine. Hamilton’s photographs are held in permanent collections at the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art The permanent collection at the University of New England and many significant private collections nationally. His first monograph was published by Obscura Press in 2010: The Blue Poet Dreams. In 2015 Brenton was named Curator, of:  Silver & Salt an exhibition that will be held in Maine during The Year of the Photograph at PhoPa Gallery Portland, Maine.

Course Dates

Jul 12 to Jul 18




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