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.

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The Adirondacks Experience

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

Sold out! Please email photographicworkshops@geh.org to be added to the waiting list.



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.

Sold Out! Please email photographicworkshops@geh.org to be added to the waiting list. 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.



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.



Location : 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 · More Information · RTS East Ave. routes 57 & 81; University Ave. route 48.

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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