Jun 82024

Lumen Printing with Rachelle Bussières at the Seaport

Click to reserve your ticket

Learn how to make Lumen prints with Rachelle Bussières

Presenters: Rachelle Bussières

Location: The South Street Seaport

Number 68 on the official photoville map

Click to download this year's map

Presented by:

  • Penumbra Foundation

Supported by:

  • The Seaport

Join artist Rachelle Bussières for a unique, hands-on learning experience, brought to you by Penumbra Foundation. In this 3 hour workshop, participants will experiment with various lumen printing techniques using botanicals and natural light. Lumen prints are made using gelatin silver paper, which is exposed to light and placed directly into the fixer. Ethereal pastel tones emerge in the process, determined by the time of exposure, the type of light, and the kind of paper used in the process. Students will experiment with different techniques to better understand the factors that influence the colors of the gelatin silver paper. This playful workshop is open to all ages and families!

Presenter Bios

  • Rachelle Bussières

    Rachelle Bussières (Quebec City, Canada) received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2015. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Addressing the impact of light on our psyche, environment and social structure, Rachelle Bussières’ work is at the intersection of photography and sculpture, moving through a collision of materials and documents through the lumen photographic process. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Melanie Flood Projects (Portland, USA), Penumbra Foundation (NYC, USA), Johansson Projects (Oakland, USA) and Robert Koch Gallery (San Francisco, USA). Awards include the Penumbra Foundation Workspace Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts (Research and Creation), an honorable mention for the Snider Prize from the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and being a Finalist for the Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize. Some recent group shows include the World Trade Center (NYC), San Francisco State University, Rubber Factory (NYC), Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Brooklyn), Soil Gallery (Seattle, WA), the General French Consulate (San Francisco, CA), the Wing (San Francisco, CA), the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco, CA), Galerie l’Inlassable (Paris, FR), Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA) and Present Company (Brooklyn, NY). She was an artist-in-residence at Silver Art Projects, Penumbra Foundation, Banff Center, Sim, Vermont Studio Center and Headlands Center for the Arts. Her work is present in various public, corporate and private collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Four Seasons Hotel, SFMOMA Library and Archives, Facebook (commission mural) in Sunnyvale, Instagram Inc. in San Francisco and Penumbra Foundation in New York City.


  • Penumbra Foundation

    Penumbra Foundation

    Penumbra Foundation is a nonprofit organization that brings together the art and science of photography through education, research, outreach, and public and residency programs. Our goal is to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level, artists, students, professionals, historians, researchers, conservators, and curators.

This website was made possible thanks to the generous support and partnership of Photowings