Dr. Greg's Historical & Modern Photography
Yesterday I went on a hike with Jack Nesbit and several others who were interested in the ecology of forest fires. Among the items we talk about was Mica. I remembered that it was used for windows and wondered if there was any photographic use. I started a search and found no evidence that it was used in photographic work. However, as I continued to search I ran across MICA (Maryland Institute of College of Art). They appear to have a robust photographic program. I became fascinated in reading the descriptions of their program and its courses. Here's one that should interest us:
Alchemy of Light
This course will introduce the student to historical techniques in photography and consider how these approaches can augment contemporary vision. The student will explore the concept of light and time as they work with the properties of hand-coated emulsions. Students will work in digital and analogue spaces and develop a command of the cyanotype and van dyke processes with an introduction to palladium, cliche verre and lumens print. Working with camera-less and pinhole photography, as well as film and digital negative output, the student will gain a broader understanding of experimental possibilities of imagemaking.