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Penumbra Foundation

The Penumbra Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing workshops, education, lectures, and events to the worldwide photographic community. They aim to be a comprehensive resource for photographers of all levels and to promote the impact of photography on culture, history, and the arts.

Penumbra Foundation

Upcoming Classes at Penumbra Foundation

  • Kallitype

    Discover the fascinating history and unique beauty of a rare photographic process at Penumbra Foundation. Unleash your creativity as you experiment with different techniques and produce stunning outcomes in this 8-week workshop. Open to artists of all levels, this course is a must for anyone interested in alternative photography.

    Next start date: Saturday, Mar 9th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $965
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  • Eight Weeks of Inkjet Layering

    Discover the blend of traditional and digital printing techniques in this workshop, where you'll learn how to layer colors from digital images using the platinum palladium and cyanotype processes. Unleash your creativity and master the art of combining monochrome tones with vibrant digital colors. Join us at the Penumbra Foundation to embark on this immersive journey of self-expression.

    Next start date: Tuesday, Mar 12th, 5–8pm Eastern Time
    Price: $1,300
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  • Gum Over Platinum

    Discover the art of layering platinum palladium prints with gum bichromate watercolor pigments in this immersive workshop. Dive into the process of creating digital negatives and learn the techniques of coating, exposing, and developing prints. Unleash your creativity and add depth and tone to your work with color gum bichromate pigments for stunning final prints.

    Next start date: Saturday, Mar 16th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $950
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  • Developing a Research Based Photo Practice

    Discover how to elevate your photographic practice by incorporating research techniques in this weekend workshop. Explore the power of research to deepen project development and enhance intentionality in your work. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, this class will equip you with essential research and workflow skills for future projects.

    Next start date: Saturday, Mar 23rd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $700
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  • Digital Negatives and Platinum Palladium Printing

    Learn the art of combining digital and analog techniques in this hands-on course at Penumbra Foundation. Discover how to create unique platinum-palladium prints using enlarged digital negatives or film negatives. Explore various creative options and finish the course with beautiful prints and the skills to continue working independently.

    Next start date: Friday, Apr 19th, 10:30am–1:30pm Eastern Time
    Price: $1,408
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  • Tri-Color Gum Bichromate

    Discover the intricate art of creating vibrant, multi-layered prints using the ancient technique of Gum Bichromate at the esteemed Penumbra Foundation. Unleash your creativity as this hands-on workshop guides you through the history, materials, and workflow required to produce stunning full-color prints. This is an accessible opportunity to delve into this captivating process.

    Next start date: Saturday, Apr 6th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $925
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  • Large Scale Platinum Palladium Printing

    Learn advanced techniques in platinum-palladium printing and create breathtaking large-scale prints in this exclusive workshop. Master the technical complexities of this revered process and produce stunning images up to 20x24". Previous experience in platinum-palladium printing and basic Photoshop skills are required.

    Next start date: Saturday, Apr 13th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $975
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  • Intro to Wet Plate

    Considered by many to be the Polaroid of the 19th century, wet plate collodion or tintypes are made almost instantaneously through a process that uses hand poured chemicals on an enameled sheet of metal. In this two day workshop, we will teach students how to create glass negatives, tintypes and ambrotypes in camera. Students will learn the techniques of preparing the plate, pouring collodion, exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing as well...

    Next start date: Saturday, Apr 20th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $875
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  • Daguerreotype

    Learn the techniques perfected by 1850s daguerreotypists from modern master Mike Robinson in this hands-on workshop. Discover advanced concepts in contrast control and alternative fuming techniques to create exquisite, gilded images. Limited to six participants, no experience required.

    Next start date: Tuesday, Apr 23rd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $2,750
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  • Anthotypes & Other Organic Processes

    Explore the fascinating world of plant-based photography in this hands-on workshop. Learn how to create beautiful images using the photosensitive qualities of plants, with processes like anthotype printing and phytograms. Engage with nature and capture stunning images using the sun as your medium.

    Next start date: Saturday, May 4th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $875
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  • Photograms: An Introduction to the Darkroom

    Unlock your creativity and learn the art of photograms in this beginner-friendly workshop at Penumbra Foundation. Dive into the darkroom as you explore the limitless possibilities of creating images without a camera. Experiment with light-sensitive material and objects' shadows to capture stunning and unique works of art.

    Next start date: Saturday, May 11th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $875
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  • Dry Plate

    Learn the historical technique of creating gelatin silver dry plates in this weekend workshop. Discover how to mix and coat your own plates, shoot dry plate negatives, and develop your images. Take home your coated plates to continue practicing this unique photographic process.

    Next start date: Saturday, May 18th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $990
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  • Intro to Large Format Photography

    Discover the transformative power of large-format photography in this hands-on workshop at Penumbra Foundation. Unleash your creative potential by mastering camera movements and controlling focus and perspective. Immerse yourself in the world of large-format photography and create stunning images like never before.

    Next start date: Saturday, May 25th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $940
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  • Documentary Storytelling: Elevating Your Long-Term Project

    Discover the power of documentary photography in this immersive workshop led by acclaimed photographer Sabiha Çimen. Gain insights into storytelling and composition techniques, and receive personalized feedback on your long-term project. Unveil hidden corners of contemporary life and create a body of work that leaves a lasting impact.

    Next start date: Sunday, May 12th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $415
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  • Intro to Platinum Printing

    The platinum print is perhaps the most subtly beautiful and most permanent of all photographic printing processes. Its delicate chiaroscuro conveys a realness or presence unobtainable with other processes. Air becomes visible, cool shadows recede from the viewer, and light travels between objects. Here is a unique opportunity to learn from a true master. Lois Conner has been making platinum prints since 1974. Since 1982, she has been teaching the...

    Next start date: Saturday, Jun 1st, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $975
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  • Liquid Emulsion

    Discover the art of hand-applying light-sensitive silver gelatin to create captivating images on a variety of surfaces in this two-day workshop. Gain a greater understanding of emulsion application, artist hand, and media substrate to bring your unique concepts to life. Unleash your creativity and explore the magic of liquid emulsion printing.

    Next start date: Saturday, Jun 15th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $900
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  • Lith Printing

    Learn the art of creating unique silver gelatin prints with a lith developer in this immersive two-day workshop. Discover the delicate warm tones and gritty shadows that lith printing brings to your images. Experiment, explore, and develop a foundation for your future personal work in the darkroom.

    Next start date: Saturday, Jun 22nd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $875
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  • Foundations of Wet Plate

    Uncover the timeless art of creating stunning images through the historic wet plate collodion process. Immerse yourself in the hands-on techniques and traditions that have shaped photography for generations. Discover the magic of turning raw materials into captivating images in this comprehensive course.

    Next start date: Saturday, Jul 6th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $875
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  • Chemical Painting

    Explore the artistic potential of combining painting and photography with an experimental chemigram technique. Push the boundaries of the photographic medium at Penumbra Foundation's workshop, where students will use various stencils and resists to create unique forms on silver gelatin paper. No prior knowledge of black and white chemistry required.

    Next start date: Saturday, Aug 3rd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time
    Price: $900
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  • Seven Secrets to Photobook Success

    Boost your photography skills and storytelling abilities to produce stunning visual narratives. Join this course to discover the key elements essential for photobook success.

    Next start date: Sunday, Jul 21st, 10am–5pm Eastern Time
    Price: $420
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36 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016
Penumbra Foundation
Murray Hill, Manhattan
36 E 30th St
Btwn Madison Ave & Park Avenue S
New York, New York 10016

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Description

The Penumbra Foundation is a non-profit photographic arts organization whose mission is to bring workshops and greater education, lectures, and events to a diverse and evolving international photographic community. Our scope spans photography from its 19th century invention to the present age.

Penumbra: ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: modern Latin, from Latin paene ‘almost’ + umbra ‘shadow.’

Our goal is to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level; artists, students, professionals, historians, researchers, conservationists and curators who want to learn, practice, and research these photographic arts and processes. We also endeavor to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts.

We want to develop a community-based organization that will make available our resources to the greater photographic community, general public, members, students, educators, artists, photographers, professionals, like-minded organizations and institutions, and to develop more programs that fulfill our mission.


Reviews of Penumbra Foundation

( 4.9-star rating across 8 reviews)
  • Studio Lighting for Wet Plate

    Reviewed by John M. on 10/25/2021
    Sam Dole helped me complete a three year search for the right combination of studio lighting, he is knowledgeable, articulate and a professional. I would likely take additional courses with him in the future. Thanks all, JR Morgan
  • How to Write an Artist Statement

    Reviewed by Linda S. on 9/29/2019
    I loved the instructor Liz! Fabulous person!
  • Five Days of Alternative Process

    Reviewed by Baron B on 4/3/2018
    I have taken several classes at the Penumbra Foundation and I'm always pleased with the results and the professionalism of the Staff there.
  • Wet Plate with Sam Dole (duplicate)

    Reviewed by Baron B on 4/3/2018
    I have taken several classes at the Penumbra Foundation and I'm always pleased with the results and the professionalism of the Staff there.
  • Daguerreotype

    Reviewed by Baron B on 4/3/2018
    I have taken several classes at the Penumbra Foundation and I'm always pleased with the results and the professionalism of the Staff there.
  • Pinhole Workshop for Teens

    Reviewed by Colleen H. on 10/11/2023
  • Plein-Air Photograms and Darkroom Experimentation

    Reviewed by Elena B. on 6/18/2022
  • Digital Negatives and Platinum Palladium Printing

    Reviewed by Emi R. on 2/25/2019
  • Building a Camera Obscura

    Reviewed by stephanie W. on 3/21/2017
  • Chemigram

    Anonymous review on 6/5/2016
  • Pinhole Workshop for Teens

    Reviewed by Carly H. on 10/31/2015

Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students who have taken classes at Penumbra Foundation rave about the knowledge and professionalism of the staff and instructors. One student mentioned that Sam Dole helped them in their search for the right combination of studio lighting over a three-year period, and they were impressed with his expertise and professionalism. Another student specifically mentioned their love for instructor Liz. Overall, students seem to consistently express satisfaction with the results they achieve in their classes at Penumbra Foundation and appreciate the high level of professionalism displayed by the staff. Quotes: - "Sam Dole helped me complete a three year search for the right combination of studio lighting, he is knowledgeable, articulate and a professional." - "I loved the instructor Liz! Fabulous person!" - "I have taken several classes at the Penumbra Foundation and I'm always pleased with the results and the professionalism of the staff there."

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