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Sponsored by PhotoSouthAsia

Open Call for Artist Residency Program

Alternative processes

​The alternative process of photography have a huge potential for exploration and usage in photographic practices. It has not come to the attention of many photography practitioners as much as it should, since achieving proper results takes time, effort, and patience. Throughout the years of being involved with alternative methods, we concluded that thoroughly understanding these techniques requires a focused environment where the practitioners can go through enough experiments to master the techniques. We have designed a one-month program where the selected participants will receive mentorship and guidance to explore this field of photography.


At the end of the residency, the participants will exhibit their work in an open studio event. The selected applicants will choose one of the methods according to their interests. They will have access to a fully equipped studio space and all the materials required to achieve high-quality prints. 3 Photographers will be selected for each month's Residency. A total of 6 photographers will be selected for 2 months

Processes : 

Gum–oil printing: As the name implies, gum oils transform a gum print into an oil-based image through rubbing, wiping, and etching. In most cases, a positive matrix takes the place of the usual negative employed by other processes. The result of this process is high-quality and contrasty black and white prints. For this process, we will provide chemicals and other materials for up to 5 (11.7 X 16.5 inches) sheets for final prints and 3 for test prints. ​


Albumen printing: This process is the first commercially exploitable method of producing photographic prints. It combines beaten egg whites with salt and potassium iodide for a higher-definition photograph. For this process, we will provide chemicals and all other materials for up to 10(8 x 10 inches) sheets for test prints and 10 for your final prints.


Salt printing: Originally developed by Fox Talbot and typically practiced until the 1850s, this process combines salt and silver nitrate to produce delightful reddish-brown images. For this process, we will provide chemicals and all other materials for up to 10(8 x 10 inches) sheets for test prints and 10 for your final prints.

​What we offer in the Maze residency program:

◊ One month of mentorship and guidance.

◊ Accommodation: A living space with three single beds and access to a shared kitchen and bathroom. (You will share the living space with two other residents.)

◊ 24 hour access to fully equipped studio space.

◊ Chemicals and materials needed for chosen processes. (This doesn't include films, film processing, and scanning.)

◊ Wi-Fi.

◊ Food will be provided.

◊ Studio visits and Artist's presentations.

​What we expect from you:

◊ We expect you to utilize your time and energy to master your chosen technique and use it in your project.

◊ At the end of the residency program, we will have an open studio and your works should be ready to display.

◊ A digital file of your work created during the residency and a concept note.

◊ Maintenance of the studio, equipment, and living space.

* Selected participants will cover their travel costs to and from Maze collective Studio, New Delhi from their respective places.

Who can Apply?

◊ The application is open to anyone currently residing in India above 18 years old, regardless of age, color, gender, profession & nationality.

◊ The applicant doesn't necessarily need to have any prior experience with the process.

​How to Apply?

◊ Make one pdf file(not more than 12Mb) including the information below and send it to

◊ Email subject: Residency application _Your name _ Name of your chosen process. Example: Residency application_ Zahra Yazdani_ Gum-oil.

◊ Your personal information: name/date of birth/address/phone number/current location.

◊ C.V.

◊ A selection of up to 10 images of your works and projects.

◊ Please include a caption (size, technique, year of creation if any) and description (any concept notes within one paragraph for each project you are submitting). It will help us to understand your practice better.

◊ A project proposal of what you are planning to do in your time of residency (up to 500 words) - make sure to mention the process you are interested in learning and how it may connect to your current practice.

Applications will be rejected upon failing the above criteria.

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