Ambrotypes and Tintypes

From July 21, 2014 through July 25, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Eastman House


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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.

You will learn how to cut and clean glass plates, coat glass and metal plates with collodion, sensitize, expose, and process the final image. Tinting and special burnishing techniques pioneered by Osterman will also be taught.

The opportunity to view rare, original ambrotypes, tintypes, and original collodion era cameras from the George Eastman House collection makes this workshop a particularly fulfilling experience. Each participant will receive a copy of the new Scully & Osterman basic collodion manual, which includes formulas and sources of supply, as well as additional wet plate era readings pulled from the research library.

Audience: Limited to six, this five-day workshop is suitable for fine art photographers, educators, and anyone interested in the evolution of photography. No experience necessary.

Tuition: $1200/$1100 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. George Eastman House is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees. 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 here.  

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, 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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