Platinum Workshop 2018

DATES: June 12 – 21, 2018
INSTRUCTORS: scott. b. davis
LOCATION: Benabbio, Italy
COST: $3,350

Join scott b. davis in June 2018 for an unforgettable photography workshop in the hills of northern Italy. This 8-day journey brings together the experience of a master platinum printer to learn this time-honored practice dating to the 1870s. Working in a beautiful villa amid the rich landscape of Tuscany, we dive deep into the daily practice of creative photography developing a unique portfolio of platinum photographs.

The workshop will focus on teaching platinum printing as a mode of creative expression. Participants will learn this 140 year-old technique using digital files and developing the skills needed to hone their vision and produce expertly crafted fine prints. At the end of each day we will review both platinum prints and digital files to gain a deeper understanding of what makes a successful photograph and how these images translate into fine prints.

Over the course of the 8-day workshop, we will blend the tradition of platinum printing and individual creative expression. Starting with a foundation of printing on traditional cotton rag watercolor paper, participants will have the opportunity to explore the creative possibilities of printing on various papers from around the world, producing experimental and wonderful results. Additionally, participants will be given the tools to incorporate hand coloring, gold leaf, and applications that enhance the already exquisite aesthetic of platinum printing.

Throughout the course of the workshop, readings and informal conversations will help participants develop greater awareness of composition and use of space, while daily journaling and a gentle morning yoga practice weave together a one-of-a-kind creative retreat. Included in your experience, is sharing in wonderful home cooked meals in the Tuscan tradition, “a tavola”, using the freshest local ingredients lovingly prepared by “Mama P.” We invite you to be a part of this unique experience and develop a lasting portfolio of successful platinum prints.

Goals of the Workshop include:

  • Proficiency in platinum printing; building a successful portfolio
  • Honing your creative voice; editing and sequencing; recognizing successful photographs and photographic prints
  • Refining your photographic vision

Creative Exercises include:

  • Daily shooting exercises and reviews of work
  • Getting “unstuck” through yoga; readings; journaling; conversation
  • Learning to “see” in platinum
  • One-on-one time with instructors to give advice on your work, encourage exploration and objective looking at photographs.


  • Cost of the Workshop is $3,350*
  • *Private rooms supplement is $500.
  • *Advanced level opportunities exist for anyone who has taken a workshop with Scott previously and wants to work independently to strengthen their skills (with guidance) – a discount of $350 is applied.
  • *Non-participating partners welcome at $1500 (Shared bed)


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You will be asked to complete an application and include a check made out to Alchemy Studio in the amount of $500 as soon as you have decided that you are serious about attending this workshop. We will review all applications on a first come first served basis. Accepted applicants will be notified soon after receipt of their applications. This will reserve your spot in the workshop. If more than 12 applications are received at the same time we will take all matters into consideration in the selection of the participants, and deposit checks will be returned to those not selected. If selected and you later decide not to attend the workshop, your deposit (minus a 5% administrative fee) will be returned if your place has been filled by another participant. In case of cancellation of the workshop, all deposits and payments will be refunded.