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.



Photogenic Drawing

May 5, 2014 through May 8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Learn four variants of William Henry Fox Talbot’s photogenic drawing process in this four-day hands-on workshop.



NEW: Dry Plates in the Woods

May 19, 2014 through May 23, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Participants in this workshop will make dozens of gelatin dry plates before traveling to Letchworth State Park for four days of hiking, photographing, and processing in the woods.



Tintype Excursion on the Erie Canal

June 2, 2014 through June 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

For the second year, we are offering a truly unique experience to relive the wet plate canal excursions of the 1870s. 



Wet and Dry Collodion Negatives

June 16, 2014 through June 20, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

A hands-on negative workshop for the experienced ambrotypist or tintypist, this workshop includes shooting, processing, and redeveloping wet plate negatives. Sold out! Please email photographicworkshops@geh.org to be placed on a waiting list.




35mm Daguerreotype

July 7, 2014 through July 9, 2014 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. 



Ambrotypes and Tintypes

July 21, 2014 through July 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Ambrotypes and tintypes are the hottest alternative processes used in fine art photography today. In this intensive five-day workshop, participants will be guided through the basics of making these unique positive wet-collodion images by Mark Osterman, internationally recognized as a modern master of the collodion process.



Tintypes: The Basics

August 4, 2014 through August 5, 2014 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 workshop for beginners. Learn the basics of the 1850s wet collodion process used for making real tintypes. 



Tintypes: The Basics

August 7, 2014 through August 8, 2014 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 workshop for beginners. Learn the basics of the 1850s wet collodion process used for making real tintypes. 



Handmade Gelatin Dry Plate Making

August 18, 2014 through August 21, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

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.



NEW: Direct Positive Paper Printing

September 8, 2014 through September 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Learn the chromatype and direct positive salt print processes, two of the earliest photographic paper processes invented by Robert Hunt and Hippolyte Bayard in the 1840s, in this new workshop offering.



Ambrotypes

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

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. 



NEW: Black-and-white Digital Photography I

October 7, 2014 through October 8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Even if you’ve stopped shooting black-and-white film or have never set foot in a darkroom, you can make beautiful black-and-white digital prints that have the romantic look of what photography was in the golden years of the 20th century. Participants can choose to attend the basic class offered in Session I, or more the more advanced can opt to take Session II. You can also take both courses in the same week.



NEW: Black-and-white Digital Photography II

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

Even if you’ve stopped shooting black-and-white film or have never set foot in a darkroom, you can make beautiful black-and-white digital prints that have the romantic look of what photography was in the golden years of the 20th century. Participants can choose to attend the basic class offered in Session I, or more the more advanced can opt to take Session II. You can also take both courses in the same week.



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.

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: Photo Book Making in the Digital Age

November 19, 2014 through November 21, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Do you love photography and enjoy shooting with a digital camera? Looking for a tangible way to display and archive your most cherished images? Then this is the workshop for you. 



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. 



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