Gelatin Emulsion Dry Plate Negatives

Tuesday, July 10, 2018Friday, July 13, 2018, All day
, George Eastman Museum
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Tuition: $700 ($600) members, plus $80 materials fee
Workshop for 6 participants

This is the ultimate alternative to factory-made black-and-white film. The basics of making gelatin emulsion dry plates are covered in this fun and informative emulsion workshop for beginners. The group will learn how to make the silver bromide emulsion from raw materials and coat their own 4×5″ glass plates. Exposures will be made with a view camera in the historic gardens of the Eastman Museum, and participants will develop their plates in the museum’s darkroom. Selected plates will be scanned and inverted digitally to allow participants to see their negatives as a positive image.  

Participants will receive a manual with formulas written by Mark Osterman and Nick Brandreth on making the emulsion.

This workshop also includes viewing vintage landscape prints from the museum’s photography collection.

Audience: Limited to six, this four-day workshop is suitable for fine art photographers, educators, and anyone interested in the evolution of photography. No 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: 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, 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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018Friday, July 13, 2018
All day
George Eastman Museum
$680 members
$780 nonmembers