Antiquarian Photography

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Taught by Sarah Lohman

Dubbed a “historic gastronomist,” Sarah Lohman recreates historic recipes as a way to make a personal connection with the past. She chronicles her explorations in culinary history on her blog, Four Pounds Flour, and her work has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She appears on the Cooking Channel's Food: Fact or Fiction? and is 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy with co-founder Jonathan Soma.

Currently, she works with museums and galleries around the city to create public programs focused on food, including institutions such as The American Museum of Natural History, The Museum of Science, Boston, and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Her first book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, was published with Simon & Schuster in 2016. 


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Historic photographic printing is extremely low-tech, which makes it a perfect winter hobby for apartment dwellers. No dark room required!

In this workshop, you'll learn the history of early photography. From Dageurreotypy to Albumen printing, you'll get the low-down on the science of 19th century photography processes, as well as a look at examples of each. Then, we'll talk-through how to make your own photosensitive paper using historic methods, including where to get chemicals, how to sensitize the paper, how to make negatives, and how to expose the image.

Lastly, we'll make our own photo paper in class using Cyanotypy, one of the earliest forms of photographic printing. The forerunner of the modern blueprint, it never gained commercial popularity because of it's royal blue hue. It's simple and safe to make, and will allow you to create beautiful imagery.

(Class size: 15)

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