➝ Your prints are coming out fogged, muddy or washed out

➝ You feel like you
only scratched the surface of alternative photography and want to explore all its possibilities

➝ You are getting
frustrated with endless research and want a clear direction

➝ You feel
stuck in your practice and crave a more physical, tactile experience with photography

The AP Academy will guide you through alternative processes and materials, so you can create unique prints that:

✓ stand out and grab attention
✓ leave a lasting impact


The best creative decision I made last year

"when I discovered and followed the wonderful Alternative Processes @alternativeprocesses account on Instagram, my eyes were opened to a whole new array of creative possibilities. My decision to join Chiara’s Alternative Processes Academy at the start of 2023 was arguably the best creative decision I made last year."

━ Jane Constable

With the Academy’s help, I was awarded a Distinction

"I used The Academy to inform my practice-led MA Photography, and with Chiara’s help, was awarded a Distinction. It has the perfect combination of technical, step-by-step process together with inspiration around what can be achieved with alternative processes. Sustainable photography does not have to be second-best. The Academy saved me hours and hours of scrolling through YouTube trying to find the exact techniques I needed: the videos are concise and to the point, well organised and logical. "

━ Emma Davies

This course has been crucial

"Thanks to this course, my work became more technical and structured. Previously, I was experimenting but lacked a clear guideline. Thanks to APA, I have learned how to use mordants and which ones to choose, I am continuously learning and experimenting. Now, I am working on a project that merges the cyanotype technique with watergrams, and this course has been crucial."

Lisa Roselli Zani

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Start creating right away, without getting lost in self-doubts and endless research

Learn and get inspired wherever you are, without having to travel to big cities for workshops

Be part of a global community of artists and photographers, even if there isn’t an “art scene” where you live

Course Curriculum

  Module 1 - The foundations
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  Module 2 - Intro to Darkroom Printing
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  Module 3 - Cameraless Photography
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  Module 4 - Caffenol
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  Module 5 - Bioplastic
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  Module 6 - Liquid Emulsion
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  Module 7 - Digital Negatives
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  Module 8 - Cyanotype
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  Module 9 - Anthotype
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  Module 10 - Chlorophyll
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  Module 11 - Polaroid Emulsion Lifts
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  Guest Lectures
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  BONUS Lessons
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Alternative Processes Academy is
beginners and intermediate

Comes with a full introduction to darkroom printing.

Teaches the basics of every process

BUT goes beyond the basics

showing you how to print on objects, challenging surfaces & mixing processes

  • 100% online & self-paced
  • pre-recorded lessons
  • for beginners & intermediate
  • practical & hands on

  • live (except for monthly community calls or guest lectures)
  • for field experts
  • focused on theory or history of photography

43 Video Lessons, PLUS:


Modules and lessons come with printable guides, cheat-sheets, lists, slides and checklists to help you in your printing journey


Available exclusively for APA students, the first online chemical dilution calculator. No more wasting time, no more being confused. 15+ dilution ratios

"I just can't grasp at math and logical stuff, this was a life saver, I can go in the darkroom and start creating within 5 minutes without getting discouraged with chemical mixing"


Students and alumni will have regular sessions with Chiara and the AP team to discuss ideas, tackle challenges, and receive feedback. A
private Discord server will be accessible for daily support and additional prompts.

Recent Results

Students Testimonials

Abdulaziz Alrabea

The course is outlined and delivered excellently, with regular updates of new modules (lessons), which is amazing. In addition, there is a community forum where students can share and learn from each other. AP Academy inspires me to create and experiment more with unconventional mediums and printing methods all at my own pace.

Alba Cid

The APA Academy brings together many of these processes and guides you synthetically and usefully through them. I also love that APA provides a space for direct interaction with other students so you can learn from their experience and doubts. If you want to get started and meet other people who are passionate about these techniques, I recommend it 100%

Sophie Lascelles

Working my way through the Alternative Processes Academy has been pure joy. The modules are split into clear and easy to follow videos with pdf’s to support each one. It’s amazing value as there are not only new modules added regularly but an AP community on discord where we share our wins, talk about our challenges and get amazing feedback, plus there are community calls where we get more in-depth feedback.


and all Guest Lectures included

As a student, you'll get access to all new modules and expert guest lectures. The Academy is committed to continuous improvement, evolving each month into the most exhaustive and detailed program available for Alternative Processes

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Please note that due to the online nature of our course, we do not offer refunds. We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, but we have a strict no-refund policy in place. Therefore, we encourage you to thoroughly review the course details and requirements before enrolling to ensure that it aligns with your goals and expectations. If you have any questions or doubts about our course, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or send us a direct message on our Instagram page. We will do our best to answer your queries promptly and provide you with the necessary information to help you make an informed decision about whether our course is the right fit for you.

By purchasing APA, you agree to the disclaimer of liability for misuse of chemicals and products stated above. This disclaimer acknowledges the risks associated with using chemicals and products and requires the course participant to assume all responsibility and hold the course creator harmless from any liability. The course creator is not responsible for any misuse of chemicals and products by the participant and shall have no liability for any injuries or damages resulting from such misuse. Read all terms of use here.


Is the course in English? Are there subtitles?
Yes. The course is taught in
English and comes with English subtitles.

Do I need a darkroom?
We have a module on liquid emulsion that requires a darkroom with a wet and a dry area (chemicals + enlarger), for this reason we've included an introduction module on darkroom printing (Module 2). Inside the Camera-less Photography module, Photograms require a full darkroom, Watergrams and Chemigrams require only the wet area (chemicals) and
no enlarger. All the other processes don't require a darkroom.

Do I need a lot of space?
No, most of the processes just need a surface to coat on (can be a desk, floor, the top of a washing machine..) and a dark cabinet to store the paper while drying. Each module comes with an explanatory slide of the materials needed and shows my exact set up for each process.

How much will I need to spend in chemicals and tools?
It entirely depends on the availability and cost of chemicals in your country. We provide a list of the most famous suppliers and online shops divided by country. Aside from the modules where a darkroom is required (Module 2 & Module 6) all the process can be done with little space and few tools that you might already have at home.

If I'm having troubles with a process, what kind of support do I get?
All students will receive accesso to the same APA course. On top of that, there are 2 levels of support. If you purchase
APA you will get access to a Discord server where you can ask questions. Other students, Chiara and the AP team will respond based on availability. You will also be able to join our Monthly Community Calls: live calls where we discuss techniques, challenges, ideas and projects. APA and 1:1 support students will get access to all the mentioned above plus 5 hours of 1:1 coaching and mentoring with Chiara, founder and curator of Alternative Processes, to discuss anything regarding printing, art practice development and online presence.

Is the course taught online? Can I join regardless of where I am?
Yes! The course is pre-recorded, can be watched and re-watched as one pleases at your own pace. For Monthly Community Calls, they will be organised to facilitate multiple timezones and possibly provide 2 time options if needed.

Can I ask for a refund?
Because of the online nature of the course we do not offer refunds under any circumstances. Please make sure you are 100% committed before enrolling. We are happy to answer any questions you have to make sure APA is the right fit for you beforehand!

What is Discord? I'm not familiar, will I be able to use it?
Discord is a free communication platform that has become popular for building communities and sharing knowledge. Discord allows users to join servers, which are essentially virtual spaces where people can chat, share information, and collaborate with one another. Within a server there different channels for different topics (each channel will correspond to a process. Discord is easy to use, the platform has a user-friendly interface and it's designed to be intuitive and easy to navigate. Our monthly community calls will be hosted on discord.