Sat/Sun - July 21+22 / 2018

The carbon transfer process was invented in 1855 by Louis Alphonse Poitevin and later perfected by Joseph W. Swan in 1864. The process name derives from the element carbon, used as finely ground pigment embedded in the gelatin layer. Images have a very long tonal scale with rich blacks and subtle mid tones and highlights. A particularity of the process is the surface relief, adding a three dimensional depth.

Among all photographic processes, carbon transfer is the most permanent.

Workshop schedule

Day 2

  • inspection of prints made the first day
  • improve sensitizing and printing of new tissue
  • double transfer method
  • preparation of substrate for art papers
  • coating fine art final support (aquarel paper)
  • question/answer talks and problem remedies

Day 1

  • outline of the process/theory
  • enlarged negative making of your digital file
  • preparation of the pigmented gelatin
  • tissue making and pouring techniques
  • tissue sensitizing
  • first trials of exposure and mating/transfer


Both days begin at 10am and end at 6pm, a lunch break is scheduled at 12h30pm-1h30pm.

Fee includes

  • technical equipment
  • paper/negatives
  • safety gear

What you'll need to bring

  • digital image files (tif or psd)
  • lab appropriate clothing
  • paper notebook


Workshop limited to 5 participants

  • multilingual (english/french/german/italian)
  • 2 day workshop fee €480,00

(You can check availability by navigating through the 'reservation' button, 'sold out' will show when all places are taken)


How to get there

Les Grands Voisins, Laboratoire 'Papier Sensible'
Ancien hôpital Saint-Vincent-de-Paul
74, Avenue Denfert-Rochereau
75 014 Paris

Métro lignes 4 et 6 : Station Denfert Rochereau, 3 min walk
RER B : Station Port Royal, 4 min walk
Bus 38 and N1 :  Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, stops in front of the entrance
Closest Vélib bike station :

Station n°14112 - Méchain - Faubourg Saint-Jacques
Station n°5029 - Port Royal