Waterfall Arts will hold four exceptional workshops in conjunction with Koichiro Kurita’s photographic exhibition “Meditations on Thoreau” Friday through Tuesday, Oct. 21 through 25 at Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High St. The focus of the workshops is 19th-century photographic processes and printing techniques.

Instructors include Kurita, who is known for his elegant large format platinum/palladium prints; Jonathan Kline of Bennington College, who works in both traditional and digital forms of imaging and time-based projects; and Anna Strickland of the Rhode Island School of Design, where she has taught Antique and Alternative Processes classes for more than two decades.

All the antique processes taught by Kurita and his colleagues have common characteristics: the use of large-format negatives; light sensitive chemistry hand-applied by brush on a variety of papers; and contact printing accomplished by exposure to sunlight or a UV exposing unit. These techniques yield distinctive prints with luscious surfaces, unique coloration and a handmade, expressive feel.

On Oct. 21, Kurita will hold a Platinum/Palladium introductory class focusing on the basics of preparing large negatives, mixing chemistry, paper choices, hand application of emulsions and archival processing. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kurita will lead a Master Class in Platinum/Palladium printing for experienced photographers Oct. 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the workshop, he will share his personal techniques and recipes including working with Japanese gampi paper. Although the basics of creating large negatives will be discussed, students will be expected to come prepared with their own negatives for printing.

On Oct. 24, Kline will teach a Calotype workshop, where students will try their hand at making negatives on paper using an adaptation of William Fox Talbot’s original 1841 Calotype Process. A large-format camera will be provided, along with all the necessary paper and chemicals for each participant to make a negative on paper. Landscapes and architectural views are encouraged, as exposure times will be long. The class meets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Strickland’s Gum Bichromate workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 will acquaint students with the basics of preparing large negatives and camera-less photography such as cliché verre; mixing and applying chemistry; archival processing; and the specifics of working with a pigment-based process using powdered pigments, watercolors and gouache.

Those who register for three or four workshops will receive a 10 percent discount. The workshops will be held at the Waterfall Arts Montville studio and darkroom, rain or shine.  For workshop fees, a list of Midcoast accommodations, to register or for more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.

Kurita will give an artist’s talk Thursday, Oct. 20 beginning at 7 p.m. with an introduction by Ed Earle, curator at the International Center of Photography in New York, at waterfall Arts Belfast. Sponsors for the talk and exhibit are Cold Mountain Builders and Consumers Fuel, both of Belfast. The “Meditations on Thoreau” exhibit continues through Nov. 23. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment; call the office to arrange.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.