Roman Krawczenko stoi przy starych aparatach analogowych.

One of Lublin’s most magical corners, The Hartwig Alley, is home to Roman Krawczenko’s Photography Studio, where you can study and practise noble photography techniques like ambrotype or contact printing. 


Photography Studio from 100 years ago – a tour

Visit the Photography Studio in the Hartwig Alley, discover the secrets of noble photography techniques and explore how photographers worked 100 years ago.

The Hartwig Alley in Lublin is home to the small Photography Studio run by Roman Krawczenko, an artist-photographer specialising in noble photography techniques. While visiting this magical place, you can discover what an old photography studio looked like and how it operated and how photographers and lab assistants worked at the turn of the 20th century.  You can also get acquainted with noble photography techniques and their history.

The tour covers:

  • ambrotype technique
  • the history of photography
  • cameras of our great grandparents and how they worked
  • the darkroom
  • checking out how an image emerges on paper or glass

You can also make a glass portrait using the collodion technique.

When: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23  December 2022 12.00-16.00
Where: Photography Studio, The Hartwig Alley / Kowalska 3
Admission free. No more than two people can be inside the studio at any given time.

Ukrainian language option. English is available on request – please get in touch before visiting.


Ambrotype (from Greek ἀμβροτός — “immortal”, and τύπος — “impression”)  is one of the oldest  positive photography techniques, used since 1851. It allows creating one unique image, without the option of making extra prints.  Considering the picture can last undamaged for as long as 180 years, such a portrait will be a cherished memento for many generations!

When: 26 November 2022, Group I: 10.00-12.00, Group II: 12.30-15.00
Where: Photography Studio, The Hartwig Alley, Kowalska 3
Price: 50 pln
Target audience: adults
Sign up via online form

Contact print – spirit photography

A unique opportunity to take part in a professional photography session. We will make portraits using one of the oldest photography techniques from the early 20th century. Each participant will receive two prints. Such photos make fantastic gifts and unique souvenirs.

Instructor: Roman Krawczenko (b.1957)

When: 10 December 2022 (Saturday), Group I: 10.00-12.00, Group II: 12.00-14.00
Where: Photography Studio, The Hartwig Alley / Kowalska 3
Price: 10 PLN
Target audience: Adults
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Calotype – salted paper

Calotype, aka talbotype, is an early photographic process introduced in 1839 by William Henry Fox Talbot. The workshop participants will make their own photographic paper using gelatin, citric acid, silver nitrate, and watercolour paper. They will then expose the paper to UV light to create a print featuring Lublin.

These prints are as durable as images produced in silver processes.
The image, deep brown or black in colour, would also be coated with beeswax to improve the translucency of the base.

When: 17 December 2022, Group I: 10.00-12.00 Group II: 12.30-15.00
Where: Photography Studio, Kowalska 3 / The Hartwig Alley
Price: 15 pln
Target audience: Adults
Sign up via online form 

Enjoy a discount! Attending all three paid workshops will cost you 60 pln. 

Ukrainian language available. English – upon request.

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Instructor: Roman Krawczenko

Roman Krawczenko (b.1957) –  Photographer, historian, instructor. Since 2015 he has been running the Photography Studio of Workshops of Culture, located in one of the most beautiful corners of Lublin’s city centre and named after the Hartwig family. While working in Poland, Roman has developed his own alternative photographic technique, which is the result of three years (2015-2018) of experimenting with four historical photographic techniques – wet plate collodion, ambrotype, verre eglomise and orotone. Roman has given the name Lublintone to this mixed photographic technique, created in Lublin. In May 2016, works in this technique were exhibited for the first time at the Festival of Analogue Photography in Barcelona (Spain). Roman Krawczenko is happy to share his knowledge and skills with young Polish photographers. Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to say that his efforts contribute to the emergence of a new school of photography in Poland.