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Heliograph and Physautotype

Monday, May 18—Thursday, May 21, 2020, All Day, George Eastman Museum

Tuition: $650 ($625 members), plus $80 materials fee

Workshop for 6 participants

This very special hands-on workshop features two of the world’s oldest photographic processes: the heliograph and physautotype. The heliograph, a metallic plate coated with sensitive asphalt, was invented by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and originally produced to create acid etched printing plates. Niépce also used it in a camera obscura to make the oldest surviving photographic image, “View from the Window at Le Gras.” The Physautotype process, also invented by Niépce, relied on the light sensitivity of rosin on metallic and glass plates. No historic examples exist, but the directions for making both the heliograph and physautotype were published by Louis Daguerre in 1839.

Participants will receive hands-on instruction to make samples of both these amazing processes. They will also receive a modern manual written by Mark Osterman as well as a copy of the English edition of Daguerre’s 1839 manual, which features both processes.

Audience: Limited to 6 participants, this 4-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’s start date will result in a refund minus a $300 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made fewer than 30 days before the workshop’s 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.

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

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