Collodion Negatives: Wet & Dry
From September 16, 2013 through September 20, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Eastman House
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This five-day, intensive, hands-on negative workshop is for the experienced collodion ambrotypist or tintypist who wants to get to the next level. Collodion negatives were used in combination with every photographic printing process invented prior to 1880. These include salt, cyanotype, albumen, developed-out salt, gum, carbon, platinum, palladium, photo ceramic, and more.
Taught by Mark Osterman, participants will learn the theory that sets the collodion negative apart from ambrotypes and tintypes. The rare dry collodion process will also be taught, allowing the photographer to shoot negatives in the field without the need for a darkroom or silver bath on location.
This workshop includes shooting, processing, and redeveloping wet plate negatives at the Scully & Osterman Skylight Studio. Dry collodion negatives will be prepared at George Eastman House and exposed in the formal gardens. Participants will also learn the salt printing process and make a proof from their favorite negative.
Handouts include a manual with complete instructions and formulas for both the wet and dry collodion negative written by Mark Osterman and vintage readings on the topic of collodion negative making. To round out the George Eastman House experience, the group will view original albumen and salt prints by Julia Margaret Cameron, James Robertson, Gustave le Gray, Edward Muybridge, and many others.
Audience: Limited to five participants, this five-day program is specifically for those who wish to attain a higher level in their collodion technique. Prior experience in basic collodion ambrotypes or tintypes is strongly suggested. This workshop always sells out quickly, so register early.
Tuition: $1,100/$1,000 members, plus $200 materials fee
Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop two weeks before the session start date will receive a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than two weeks before a workshop start date. If the workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class will be fully refunded. The Eastman House is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees. The Eastman House may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes.
Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, the workshops are held at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. Directions can be found at our website at www.eastmanhouse.org/visit/location.php.
Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop. Participants must make their own arrangements. The host hotel for workshops held at George Eastman House is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, www.eastaveinn.com. This hotel is within walking distance of the museum. Room rates begin at $99 per night. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 559-8039. When calling to make a reservation, please mention you are taking a workshop at George Eastman House to get this special rate.
About Photography Workshops
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 Stacey VanDenburgh at (585) 271-3361 ext. 323 or by e-mail at svandenburgh geh org.
Start-up funding for this workshop series was provided by a grant from Howard and Carole Tanenbaum.