Tuition: $575 ($550 members), plus $90 materials fee
Workshop for ten participants
Make real daguerreotypes with your own 35mm camera without expensive processing equipment or dangerous chemicals. This is a great workshop for the beginner or the student who wants to make real daguerreotypes on a shoestring budget.
Participants will be guided through the polishing, sensitizing, shooting, and processing of daguerreotypes made by the Becquerel method, which does not include the use of mercury fumes. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to make precious little daguerreotypes suitable for exhibition or jewelry. The class will also include viewing original nineteenth-century daguerreotype jewelry from the museum’s photography collection.
Important: Participants should bring a reliable 35mm camera with a shutter that includes a T (time) or B (bulb) setting, a cable release, and a tripod. Each participant will receive a booklet with full instructions in how to prepare and process the plates, as well as directions in how to make the simple and inexpensive equipment for processing the plates.
Audience: Limited to ten, this three-day workshop is suitable for photography students, educators, and anyone interested in the evolution and chemistry of photography. No experience necessary. This has become a very popular workshop, so register early.
Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop 30 days before the session start date will receive a refund, minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 30 days before a workshop start date. If the workshop is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class will be fully refunded. The George Eastman Museum is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees.
Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The workshop is held at the George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY. 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 the George Eastman Museum is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, eastaveinn.com. This hotel is about a fifteen-minute walk from the museum. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. Room rates begin at $119 per night. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 559-8039. When calling to make a reservation, please mention you are taking a workshop at the George Eastman Museum to get this special rate.
During the workshop, the museum may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes.