Open Call For Artist Residency Program

Alternative Practices 

May 22nd - June 22nd

July 5th - August 5th

Sept 1st - Oct 1st 

The last date of application is 24th April 2022

The alternative process of photography has a huge potential for exploration and usage in photographic practices. It has not come to the attention of photography practitioners as much as it should have, since achieving proper results takes time, effort, and patience. Throughout the years of being involved with alternative methods, we concluded that to thoroughly understand these techniques, one requires a focused environment where the practitioners can go through enough experiments to master the techniques.

We have designed a one-month programme where the selected participants will receive mentorship and guidance to explore this field of photography. 

At the end of the workshop, 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 9 photographers will be selected for 3 months. 


Gum–oil: 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 (65x75 cm) 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(8x10 in) prints.

Salt print: Originally developed by Fox Talbot and typically practised until the 1850s this process combines salt, silver nitrate to produce delightful reddish-brown images.

For this process, we will provide chemicals and all other materials for up to

10 (8x10 in) prints.

Vandyke brown printing: The Van Dyke Brown is a basic silver salt emulsion process. The image created has a VanDyke brown colour when it is completed.

For this process, we will provide chemicals and all other materials for up to

10 (8x10 in) prints.

Wet Plate Collodion: Wet collodion process dates from 1851 through the work of Frederick Archer. A glass plate is coated with cellulose nitrate, an iodide, and silver nitrate. The plate is then exposed and processed while still wet. 

For this process, we will provide chemicals and all other materials for up to

10 (8x10 in) plates.


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)

  • Twenty-four-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

  • Lunch will be provided. (Dinner is not included)

  • Studio visits and Artist's presentations. 

What we expect from you:

  • We expect you to utilise 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 cost 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 their age, colour, gender, profession & Nationality.

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) and description (any concept notes within one paragraph for each work). 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. 

Selected Participants for May-June Residency will be announced on 6th May, for July-August on 15th May, for Sept-Oct on 30th May

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