Due Dates

4 to 8 Images and contact sheet Due in class folder April 1st
4 or more Prints Due April 1st

Note, I will not collect the CD for this assignment, however I expect that your will create one for your own records as you did in all the assignments. Consider scanning your final prints so you have a digital record of them.


Create 4 to 8 images and 4 Van Dyke Brown prints.
In order to do this, you will need to create digital negatives. Stronger works will go together as a body of images.

The Vandyke brown print is based on the first iron-silver process, the argentotype, invented in 1842 by the English astronomer, Sir John Herschel. It is basically a reaction of light on ferric salts. The process is named after the Flemish painter Vandyke, who used a deep brown in his paintings similar to those found in the Vandyke process.


To learn the Vandyke Brown process.
To learn to create digital negatives.
To consider the aesthetics of the Vandyke Brown process and make appropriate imagery.
To consider how you can play with perceptions by presenting something contemporary in antique clothing.
To continue to develop your artistic voice in digital photography.


In this assignment you will use the camera of your choice and any level of digital manipulation (none to over the top) to create images that you will print as Vandyke Brown prints. In order to do this, you will need to create digital negatives. Stronger works will go together as a body of images.

You have a few choices for content:

1) Create images that will make us notice the strange juxtaposition of contemporary imagery created with an antique process (1842). When we look at Vandyke Brown prints, we think of something antique. Make works that challenge that preconception with content that defies the notion of old. Examples include contemporary aesthetics, people, buildings, technology, and events.

2) Create images that you feel take advantage of the Vandyke brown process, such as works about texture or a grand landscape. Think about the brush strokes you can incorporate with your imagery

3) A continuation of a successful body of work from a prior assignment.

You are encouraged to manipulate as little or as much as you see fit.

We will go over the details of making the digital negative, printing on the silkjet film, coating paper, exposing paper, and developing details in class. Be prepared to take very good notes.

Review the artists covered in class:

George Smyth
Note:not necessarily the best work, but good examples of what Vandyke Brown looks like

Barbara Yoshida

Wayne Silasi

Zach Maynard 1

Zach Maynard 2

Zach Maynard 3

Zach Maynard 4


You will create a contact sheet from the images that you shot for this assignment and save it in your class folder (Assignment 5), along with your 4 to 8 images.

Make this a cohesive body of work of four to eight images that go together in some way.

You are only required to print four of the works, but you may print as many more as you wish.

NOTE: No journal sketches required for this assignment, but I suggest using your sketchbook for your own benefit

Submission Requirements

Create a folder with your last name on it in the Assignment 4 folder:
Classes->ARTC400_2->Assignment 5-> Your Name

Put your contact sheet in this folder.

Put all four to eight images in this folder.
Images should be 5MB or smaller (turn-in version only) and be tiff or jpeg.

Bring prints to class on April 1st.


You will be graded on your ability to complete all parts of the assignment.

You will be graded on concept, formal qualities (composition, color, etc.), and technical mastery.

This assignment will be averaged with equal weight to the other assignments except the final, which will have a weight of 3.

Please note

Ask any questions in class or contact me by email or stop by office hours to clarify any questions you have about the assignment.