Physautotypes

From February 4, 2013 through February 6, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Eastman House


This amazing process from the dawn of photography is based on the work of Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre. No original examples exist, but Daguerre included the formula and instructions in his 1839 daguerreotype manual. The finished plate resembles a daguerreotype, but doesn’t require the use of dangerous chemicals: only rosin, alcohol, and mineral spirits.

During this hands-on workshop, participants will be guided by process historian Mark Osterman to make their own physautotypes on both glass and silver-coated copper plates. You’ll also receive a facsimile of Daguerre’s original 1839 manual and also modern instructions that include formulas and sources for the common supplies needed to make these beautiful images.

Audience: Limited to eight, this three-day workshop is suitable for fine art photographers, teachers, history buffs, or anyone interested in the evolution of photography. No experience is necessary for this very hands-on workshop.  

Tuition: $475/$450 members, plus $90 materials fee; $150 extra day option

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.



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

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