2021 Event: Tri-Color Gum Printing with Diana Bloomfield

Rescheduled for June 5-6, 2021--Viewpoint Photographic Art Center together with Sierra College, Rocklin, CA is hosting a tri-color gum bichromate workshop with nationally recognized photo artist Diana Bloomfield! In this intensive two-day workshop, Diana will be teaching how to print in the 19th century photographic process of gum bichromate to 10 lucky participants. Using color separation negatives, you learn how to make multilayered, tri-color gum bichromate prints on watercolor paper. Diana will also discuss the making of digital negatives.

No prior experience with this type of printing is necessary.  This will be two days of fun and experimentation with this interpretive, intuitive, and infinitely creative photographic printing process. Once you experience the joy of gum printing, you will never be the same!

WHEN: Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All printing materials will be supplied.  There is no additional materials fee.  You will be asked to send two (2) color image files prior to the workshop.  Diana will print your digital negative separations ahead of the workshop.  An email with all workshop details will be provided once you are registered. 

To kick off the workshop weekend, Diana will be giving a gallery talk on Friday, June 4 from 6-7pm at Viewpoint. Join us to hear her speak about her artwork and working methods and get a preview of the gum bichromate process before her workshop!

About the process, Diana states, “Creating one-of-a-kind images with these hand-applied antique printing techniques offers me real creative freedom and seems to mesh well with my images, which are always interpretive and suggestive in nature. The repeated layerings of the gum bichromate process, in particular, remove all the hard and clearly defined edges, resulting in softness and ambiguity– much like the way see and remember.”

Instructor Bio

A photographer for over 35 years, Diana’s work has been widely exhibited and published. Specializing in 19th century printing techniques, her images have been included in a number of books, including Cyanotype: The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice (2019) by Christina Z. Anderson; Polymer Photogravure: A Step-by-Step Manual (2019) by Clay Harmon; The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (2015) by Christopher James; Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes (2013) by Christina Z. Anderson; Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular History and Contemporary Techniques (2013); and Pinhole Photography: A Historic Technique (2004) by Eric Renner.

Diana’s works are held in many private and public collections including the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of Governors, Santa Fe, NM; the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL; and the North Carolina State University’s Greg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh, NC. Diana is represented by the Ryan Gallery at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona, and by Panopticon Gallery, located in Boston, Massachusetts.

A native North Carolinian, Diana lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she received her MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from North Carolina State University. She teaches workshops throughout the country.


June 5 2021 9:00 AM   through   June 6 2021 4:00 PM
Sierra College Photography Department, Weaver Hall Building
5100 Sierra College Blvd
Rocklin, CA 95677
United States
Members $ 450.00
Non-members $ 550.00

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