Lumen Printing: Online Workshop with Rachelle Bussières


October 12


10:00 am - 01:00 pm

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Explore the lumen printing process with artist and instructor Rachelle Bussières in this immersive, two-session workshop.

This workshop takes place across two sessions:

Monday, October 12, 10am-1pm EDT

Monday, October 19, 10am-1pm EDT

Through an exploration of the lumen print process, students will experiment with different techniques and develop an understanding of the factors that influence the colors on gelatin silver prints – light, sun, time, and paper. Everyone is invited to bring materials to make photograms and/or contact prints using a digital negative. Each print takes anywhere from five minutes to a few hours to make: be prepared to make a lot of prints!

There are 12 spots open in this workshop.

If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. This application should be completed three weeks before the workshop’s start date.

Required materials:

– Ilford gelatin silver paper fiber based : multigrade (8 x 10 inches and/or 11 x14 inches)



Warm tones (optional):

– objects to make photograms : plants, flowers, cut-outs, transparent objects, fabrics, everyday objects, etc.

– one tray of paper fixer solution (set up in a dark room):

– one tray of water

Recommended tray:

– access to a sink

– access to a window or outside

– gloves and tongues

– a flat surface : a clean board and/or drying rack for drying the prints

– a contact printing frame*

* The contact printing frame could be easily built at home with a wooden board, plexiglass and big paper clips too.

About the Instructor:

Rachelle Bussières (b.1986, Quebec City, Canada) received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2015. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is the recipient of the Penumbra Workspace Award from Penumbra Foundation, the Graduate Fellowship Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts, California; and the Award for Excellence from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. Her work has been exhibited at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Los Angeles, CA), Seattle Pacific University, Soil Gallery (Seattle, WA), Johansson Projects (Oakland, CA), the General French Consulate (San Francisco, CA), the Wing (San Francisco, CA), the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), Robert Koch Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco, CA), R/SF Projects (San Francisco, CA), Galerie l’Inlassable (Paris, FR), Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA) and Present Company (Brooklyn, NY). She was awarded residencies at the Banff Centre in Alberta and Sim in Iceland. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Facebook (commission mural) in Sunnyvale, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Library and Archives and Penumbra Foundation in New York City. She is part of the 2020 Silver Art’s inaugural cohort at the World Trade Center.

All images provided courtesy of the instructor.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.