Gelatin Dry Plates in the Woods of Letchworth State Park

Monday, June 18, 2018Friday, June 22, 2018, All day
, George Eastman Museum
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Tuition: $1,500 ($1,400 members), plus $200 materials fee
Workshop for 6 participants

If you like camping, hiking, and large-format photography, this is the workshop for you. Nick Brandreth and Mark Osterman will guide participants in making their own silver bromide gelatin emulsion in the darkroom at the Eastman Museum. Then, each participant will coat pieces of 4×5″ glass to produce a stock of negative plates. On the second day, we’ll travel to Letchworth State Park, known as the Grand Canyon of the East, and set up camp in rustic cabins in the woods.

For the next three days, we’ll hike the wooded trails and along the Genesee River Gorge to shoot plates using a 4×5″ view camera. The group will return to camp at the end of each shooting session to develop the plates one-on-one with the instructors in a portable darkroom tent.

On the last day, we’ll return to the museum, where all negatives will be scanned and digitally inverted to “proof” the images.

This workshop also includes viewing vintage landscape prints made by Ansel Adams, Gustave Le Gray, Eadweard Muybridge, Carleton Watkins, and many more, from the museum’s photography collection.

Participants receive a complete manual with all formulas and instructions written by Nick Brandreth and Mark Osterman, as well as additional readings on the making and evolution of early gelatin emulsions.

All meals and park lodging are included Tuesday through Friday morning. The relaxed atmosphere around the evening campfire makes this a truly memorable experience. Mark will bring a banjo and a guitar. Musicians are encouraged to bring their own instruments.

Note: Lodging for the first night in Rochester is not included in the workshop tuition.

Audience: Limited to six, this is an outdoor workshop that involves some hiking over rough terrain. Only those who are confident of their fitness should consider attending. No prior photography experience necessary.

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: The workshop is held at the George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, and Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY. Directions to the museum can be found here.

Lodging: Lodging for the first night in Rochester is not included in the workshop tuition; participants must make their own arrangements for this first night. The host hotel for workshops held at the George Eastman Museum is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, 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.

Event Details

Monday, June 18, 2018Friday, June 22, 2018
All day
George Eastman Museum
$1,600 members
$1,700 nonmembers