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.


September 24, 2014 through September 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

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Learn to make your own wet collodion direct positives on glass during this three-day, hands-on workshop with Mark Osterman, internationally respected as a modern master of the medium. 

Handmade Gelatin Dry Plate Making II

October 7, 2014 through October 10, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Second session added due to popular demand!

This workshop will teach you how to make your own photo emulsion, similar to the commercial products used by fine art photographers. You’ll learn the basic concepts and then be guided step-by-step by Process Historian Mark Osterman and Historic Process Specialist Nick Brandreth to make a silver bromide emulsion suitable for plates to be used in the camera.

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.

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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.

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. 

Location : 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 · More Information · RTS Routes 17, 18/19, 21, and 22

Hours: Tue - Sat : 10am - 5pm . Sun : 11am - 5pm. · More Information · Buy Tickets

Admission : Adults $14, Seniors (62+) $12, Students (with ID) $5, Children 12 and Under Free · Members Free

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