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Mansion closed Dec. 19–Feb. 13. Galleries will be open.

Collodion Micro-Photographs

Wednesday, December 4–Friday, December 6, 2019, All Day, George Eastman Museum

Tuition: $500 ($475 members), plus $60 materials fee
Workshop for 6 participants

Come attend the smallest workshop on Earth! Learn how to set up a microscope to make your own microphotographs using the wet-collodion process. The technique was originally invented in 1852 by John Dancer to allow one to make positive transparencies on microscope slides. Micro-images were also affixed to the end of tiny lenses called “Stanhopes” and inserted into jewelry. And during the siege of Paris (1870 – 1871) micro-photographs of newspapers were sent across enemy lines under the wings of carrier pigeons!

You will receive hands-on instruction in how to set up the microscope, make your own collodion images on microscope slides, and seal them with a slip glass. A work apron and complete instructions of the chemical process and technique are included, as well as a translation of Dagron’s 1864 Treatise on Microscopic Photography with instructions on how to make Stanhope images for jewelry. The group will also view rare examples of micro-photographs on slides and Stanhopes from the George Eastman Museum’s collection.

Audience: Limited to 6 participants, this 3-day workshop is suitable for jewelry makers, fine art photographers, educators, and anyone interested in the scientific evolution of photography. No experience necessary.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop 30 days before the session’s start date will result in a full refund minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made fewer than 30 days before the workshop start date. If the workshop is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire tuition 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 here.

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop; participants must make their own arrangements.

  • The Strathallen is a 15-minute walk from the museum. Visit strathallan.com to make a reservation. 
  • The Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown is a 30-minute walk from the museum, and only an 8 minute drive. Visit their website to make a reservation. 

The museum may take images, still or video, during the workshop and use them for educational and promotional purposes.