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Photography and the non-traditional form with Marcy Palmer

September 16 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

gold leafed botanical print

This workshop will question traditional forms of photography and explore the use of photography in alternative approaches.  These nontraditional forms include the use of texture in a photographic print or object, unusual papers, manipulating the surface of a photograph, and other tactile elements combined with photography.  We will look at historical and contemporary examples of these types of works and explore image transfer on various materials, the use of silver or gold leaf with a photograph, mark making on a photograph, nontraditional materials for the print itself, and continue to ask how a photograph is defined.

Dates:           Saturdays Sept 16 – Oct 21 (6 sessions ONLINE)

Times:           10:00 am – 12 pm  EST

Participants:  maximum:12

Course Cost: $545  members $595 non-members ( the non-member fee includes a 1 year membership to the Griffin Museum)

Level:            Open


Week 1 – What makes a photograph?  Photography and form – destruction, construction, assemblage and form (examples and discussion).  Demo of image transfer techniques (part one).

Week 2 – Transfers and the alternate form (examples and discussion).  Demo of transfer techniques and various materials (part two).  Discussion of student work

Week 3 – Silver and gold leaf and the image (examples and discussion).  Demo of the use of silver or gold leaf behind the photograph.  Discussion of student work

Week 4 – Silver and gold leaf and the image (examples and discussion).  Demo of the use of silver or gold leaf on the surface of the photograph.  Discussion of student work

Week 5 – Mark making and the image (examples and discussion).  Demo of surface manipulation of the photograph in various ways.  Discussion of student work.

Week 6 – Discussion of students’ final works, questions, and review of techniques

Box Eider     Image of leaves in black and white    Image of seeds in black and white


Note:  Students should have the capability to inkjet print on thin papers. Some printers require carrier sheets for this.

Students will be sent a supply list and asked to purchase supplies prior to the start of the course. 


Instructor: Marcy Palmer

Image of Marcy PalmerMarcy Palmer’s work circles around themes of home, beauty, nature, and science. Marcy has an M.F.A. in Photography & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts and a B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College.
Marcy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at various spaces including The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Center for Photographic Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Berlin Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography (GE), The Watershed Media Centre (UK), and other venues. Her work has been written about in The Boston Globe Sunday Edition, D Magazine, Humble Arts Foundation, and other publications. Marcy released a book with Yoffy Press at the end of 2020, titled “You Are Eternity, You Are the Mirror”. She lives and works in Dallas, TX.

Instagram – @marcy_palmer




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September 16
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$545.00 – $595.00
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