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Dry Collodion Negatives at Kenilworth Castle

Monday, June 27, 2016, 12 a.m.,

In this five-day workshop taught by internationally known collodion experts Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman, sessions will include preparing 8x10″ dry collodion glass plate negatives in the comfort of a modern darkroom at Warwickshire College in Royal Leamington Spa and shooting at Kenilworth Castle. This rare mid-nineteenth-century negative process allows the preparation of plates months in advance of shooting and does not require a portable darkroom as is needed with the wet collodion process.

Each participant will shoot six 8x10″ negative plates on location at the ruins of Kenilworth Castle, following the steps of nineteenth-century inventor of the collodion process, Frederick Scott Archer. This workshop also includes making salted paper print proofs from selected negatives created during the workshop.

Illustrated lectures and discussion sessions cover the history and chemistry of the negative and printing process. Participants will receive the Scully & Osterman Preserved Collodion, Collodion Negative, and Salted Paper Print manuals.

Audience: Limited to six, this workshop is for the modern adventurer who wants to experience working with a large camera in unusual locations. No experience necessary. The castle site does require some climbing and is not handicap accessible.

Note: Price of this workshop is for tuition and materials only. It does not include travel, lodging, or meals.

Location and Scheduling: Participants should plan their flights to arrive (at the latest) before 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2016, and depart (at the earliest) after 5 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2016.

Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The classroom and darkroom sessions for this workshop will be held at Warwickshire College, which is a ten minute walk from Leamington Spa’s town center. We will shoot at Kenilworth Castle on Tuesday, June 28, Wednesday, June 29, and Thursday, June 30 (transportation provided between Leamington Spa and Kenilworth Castle, a fifteen minute drive).

Lodging: Participants must make their own arrangements for lodging. We suggest staying in Royal Leamington Spa.

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