9/6 – 9/20
Wednesday 6-8pm
Katherine Akey

Course Description

During this class students will learn how to make luminograms. Lumen prints are made using gelatin silver paper, which is exposed to light and placed directly into the fixer. The prints can be made using digital negatives or objects (like a photogram), but they can also be made using only light itself. Beautiful pastel tones emerge in the process, and the prints can be left unfixed to further change over time. Students will experiment with different techniques to better understand the factors that influence the colors of the gelatin silver paper – the time of exposure, the type of light, and the kind of paper used in the process.


Photo Center Orientation is not required for this class, but it is required if student wishes to come to the Photo Center outside the workshop to develop film on their own and/or print their own photos in the Darkroom.


Katherine Akey (Scroll down for more information about the instructor)

Dates and Time

September 6 – September 20
Wednesday 6-8pm

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Fall 2023 registration opens
Aug 19 at 10am

*Priority registration for active scholarship recipients starts Aug 16

IInstructor Bio – Katherine Akey

Katherine Akey is an artist based in San Francisco, CA where she makes work about polar exploration, World War I, love, and memory. Her practice includes photography, printmaking, fiber arts, and creative writing. She has an MFA from the International Center of Photography, was a Fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and was the Visiting Assistant Professor in Studio Arts at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at GWU from 2018-2020. Currently she instructs at Penumbra Foundation, mentors with Image Threads Collective, and is staff at the Harvey Milk Photo Center. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has participated in several artist residencies including The Arctic Circle, Bonfire Walku0026amp;Talk, and the Artist Residency in Motherhood.