1/31 – 3/7
Tuesdays, 6-8pm
Katherine Akey

Course Description

Explore the beautiful and unique mordançage process in this six week course. Mordançage is an obscure darkroom technique developed in the 1970’s by French photographer Jean-Pierre Sudre, which evolved from the 19th century process of bleach-etching. After producing silver gelatin prints in the darkroom, participants will learn how to apply the mordançage process to achieve painterly and illustrative effects including bleach/etch, dépouillement, veils, and redevelopment. Participants will have ample time over the duration of this course to experiment with and explore this unpredictable process. A familiarity with basic darkroom techniques is recommended but not required.


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

Jan 31 – Mar 7

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Winter 2023 registration opens
Dec 17 at 10am

*Priority registration for active scholarship recipients starts Dec 14

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.