Photography Workshops

Dan Ryan of Victor, NY, shows off an asphalt heliograph he made in a 2012 workshop.

Historic photographic processes have become an exciting alternative and even complementary technique to digital imaging. At George Eastman House, participants not only get hands-on instruction on the processes, but also get to view prime examples from the Museum’s incomparable collections.

No prior experience is necessary for most of these workshops. They are suitable for artists, photographers, students, teachers, and anyone interested in using these rare 19th century processes in the 21st century.  

Don't see the process you'd like to learn? We teach a wide variety of early photographic techniques in private group workshops and individual tutorials. We offer workshops all over the world, and events can also be held at an institution near you. Ask about arranging a workshop or illustrated lecture to suit your needs.  

For more information or to register, contact us at (585) 271-3361 ext. 323 or by e-mail at photographicworkshops geh org.

Start-up funding for this workshop series was provided by a grant from Howard and Carole Tanenbaum.



Carbon Printing for Beginners

October 22, 2014 through October 24, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

In this workshop, you’ll get hands-on experience in how to make your own carbon tissues and prints in any color using pigments available at your local art supply store or online.



NEW: Developed-Out Salt Print

November 5, 2014 through November 7, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Sold Out! Please email photographicworkshops@geh.org to be placed on a waiting list.

Developed-out salt prints have the same aesthetic as platinum prints, but can be made at a fraction of the cost. In addition, these prints are as stable as platinum prints. This is the first public workshop of this unearthed medium. Help us bring this process back to life.



NEW: American Ivorytype

December 3, 2014 through December 5, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

  • Sold Out! Please email photographicworkshops@geh.org to be placed on a waiting list.

The American Ivorytype has the appearance of a hand-painted ivory miniature. We’re excited to teach a workshop on this process at George Eastman House for the very first time. 



Wet Collodion Tintypes in Yucatan, Mexico

February 9, 2015 through February 10, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Yucatan, Mexico.

A special two-day destination workshop for beginners in tintype making.



Wet Collodion Ambrotypes in Yucatan, Mexico

February 12, 2015 through February 13, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Yucatan, Mexico.

A special two-day destination workshop for beginners in ambrotype making.



Dry Collodion Plates in Yucatan, Mexico

February 16, 2015 through February 20, 2015 in Yucatan, Mexico.

A special five-day destination workshop that includes preparing dry collodion glass plate negatives and shooting in the field in rural Yucatan villages and at the ancient Mayan ruins at Uxmal.



Digital Negative Making for Alternative and Historic Process Printing

March 2, 2015 through March 4, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

This hands-on workshop will help you to harness the precision of digital imaging to produce negatives with your inkjet printer for a variety of your favorite historic and alternative printing processes. 



Glass Negative Retouching: Image Manipulation before Photoshop

March 25, 2015 through March 27, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

New in 2015! Learn how to retouch actual glass negatives using nineteenth-century techniques in this unique hands-on workshop. 



Collodion Chloride Printing Out Paper

April 6, 2015 through April 8, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

In this workshop, Historic Process Specialist Nick Brandreth and Process Historian Mark Osterman will guide participants in mixing the emulsion, coating paper by hand, printing, and processing this amazing silver chloride emulsion. 



Photomechanical Print Process Identification

April 13, 2015 through April 14, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

New in 2015! In this two-day hands-on workshop guest instructor Anna Michas-Bailey, photograph conservator, will show participants how to identify various mechanical and photomechanical printing processes commonly found in limited edition prints, illustrations in books, and even post cards.



Ambrotypes and Tintypes

April 20, 2015 through April 24, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

In this intensive five-day workshop, participants will be guided through the basics of making these unique positive wet-collodion images.



Daguerreotypes

May 5, 2015 through May 8, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Conducted by Mike Robinson, acknowledged as a modern master of the medium, this workshop covers the techniques perfected by commercial daguerreotypists in the 1850s. 



Tintypes: The Basics

May 5, 2015 through May 8, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Make your own tintype portrait and still-life image in this special two-day basic workshop designed just for beginners. 



Ambrotypes: The Basics

May 18, 2015 through May 19, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Make your own ambrotype portrait and still-life image in this special two-day workshop designed for beginners. 



Gelatin Dry Plates in the Woods

June 1, 2015 through June 5, 2015 .

In this excursion workshop, participants will be guided in making their own silver bromide gelatin emulsion, followed by three days of hiking, camping, and shooting plates in a 4x5" view camera.



Wet and Dry Collodion Negatives

June 15, 2015 through June 19, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

This five-day, hands-on negative workshop is for the experienced collodion ambrotypist or tintypist who wants to get to the next level. 



Gelatin Emulsion Week: Dry Plate Negatives & “Azo” Paper

July 13, 2015 through July 17, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

New in 2015! In this five-day workshop, participants will make both gelatin emulsion negatives and gelatin emulsion printing paper, shoot negatives in the Eastman House gardens, and process them afterwards.



35mm Daguerreotype

July 27, 2015 through July 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Make real daguerreotypes with your own 35mm camera without expensive processing equipment or dangerous chemicals. 



The Adirondacks Experience

August 3, 2015 through August 8, 2015 in the Adirondaks.

This vacation workshop features shooting handmade gelatin dry plate negatives in the Adirondacks. This process is similar to that used by famed nineteenth-century Adirondack photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard, who brought attention to this amazing Eastern wilderness.



Albumen Printing

August 17, 2015 through August 19, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Learn the most popular printing process of nineteenth century, preparing the egg whites, coating and sensitizing the paper, and printing from digital and glass collodion negatives.



Salt Printing

August 20, 2015 through August 21, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Learn the basics of making prints with the first photographic printing process, introduced by William Henry Fox Talbot in the 1830s.



The Evolution of Photographic Technology

September 16, 2015 through September 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

New in 2015! In this three-day workshop participants will attend several illustrated lectures on the evolution of the photographic process from its beginnings in the 1830s through the digital age.



Opaltypes & Orotones

October 7, 2015 through October 9, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Learn both of these rare processes in the same workshop, making images from glass, film, and digital negatives.



Spirit Photography

October 28, 2015 through October 30, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Make your own “ghost” images in this popular workshop, in which you’ll learn the basics of making wet collodion tintypes as well as techniques like multiple imagery, ghost imagery, controlled image deterioration, and more.



Silver Bromide Enlarging Paper

November 11, 2015 through November 13, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

New in 2015! This special workshop is specifically for making, coating, and processing an enlarging speed silver bromide emulsion. 



19th-Century Process Identification

December 3, 2015 through December 4, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

This workshop covers photographic processes used in the nineteenth century. Combined with tips for preserving vintage photographic images, this is a fun and informative workshop that demystifies an otherwise very difficult job.



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