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Dry-Collodion Negatives and Salt Printing

Tuesday, August 20–Friday, August 23, 2019, All Day, George Eastman Museum

Tuition: $800 ($700 members), plus $80 materials fee

Workshop for 6 participants

This new stand-alone dry-collodion negative workshop is for those who are interested in this very rare process originally introduced in the mid-1850s. The process allows you to shoot collodion plates in the field without the need for a portable darkroom. The plates can be prepared months ahead of time in the comfort of your own darkroom and then exposed and processed later. The dry process is not sensitive enough for portraiture and is specifically suited to landscape work.

You will learn methods such as making the collodion, subbing with albumen, coating with collodion, and sensitizing 8x10” glass plates. You will learn how to wash the sensitive plates, treat them in a preservative, and dry them. The group will shoot the plates on the grounds of the museum. We will proof the negatives using the salt printing technique, which includes waxing the final prints.

A work apron and manual with all the formulas and directions are included. The group will also view rare examples of original negative plates and prints from the George Eastman Museum’s collection.

Audience: Limited to 6 participants, this 4-day workshop is suitable for fine art photographers who shoot landscapes. 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.