Photographic Etching – Photopolymer Etching (The Non-Etch)


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This method is the most basic of our photographic techniques, but can still be considered challenging and technically difficult.

Course Information

The process is cryptically called, ‘The Non-Etch’, due to the fact that the image itself is only etched into the photopolymer film, and not the actual metal plate. Instead, the film is adhered to the metal plate (usually Zinc) and used as the surface in which the image is etched into. This method is an offshoot of the P.C.B industry, taken and adapted by artists and printmakers alike. The specially prepared imagery is manipulated digitally beforehand, or can even be hand drawn.

In the dark room, the image is exposed to the prepared plate. After the plate is developed, printed and editioned, the metal can be stripped and re-used, therefore retaining its environmentally sound position. The printed result can hold amazing detail, as well as giving the etchings an aged or antiquated quality.

All materials and notes are included in the price of this workshop. No previous experience of printmaking is required.

Additional information


11 hours (over two days)

Course Tutor(s)

Anna Johnson


Regular £251, Green Door Member £226, Concession £226, Student £213, Group of up to 4 participants £603