Intermediate Gelatin Emulsion Dry Plate Negatives

Tuesday, August 22, 2017Friday, August 25, 2017
All day
, George Eastman Museum
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Tuition: $700 ($600 members), plus $100 materials fee
Workshop for six participants *some prior experience required

Building upon our basic gelatin emulsion workshops, this intermediate workshop takes emulsion making to the next level. The group will learn how to make a new basic silver bromide emulsion as a basis for increasing both speed and color sensitivity. Intermediate techniques include both sulfur and gold sensitizing to increase the speed to between ISO 25–50 and dye sensitizing to increase the color sensitivity to orthochromatic. In addition, the workshop will feature automated silver introduction using special pumps.

All participants will coat their own 4x5″ glass plates. Exposures will be made with a view camera in the historic gardens of the George Eastman Museum. The group will then develop their plates in the museum’s darkroom. The final plates will be scanned and inverted digitally to allow them to be seen as a positive image.  

Participants will receive a manual with formulas written by Mark Osterman and Nick Brandreth on making the featured emulsion. This workshop also includes viewing vintage glass negatives gelatin silver prints made by masters of the medium, held in the museum’s photography collection.

Participants are welcome to bring their own cameras, tripods, and light meters, though best results are generally seen when the group uses the same camera, keeping variables to a minimum.

Audience: Limited to six, this four-day workshop is suitable for fine art photographers, educators, and anyone interested in the evolution of photography. Participants must have some prior experience in basic emulsion making.

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 this workshop, the museum may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes.

Event Details

Tuesday, August 22, 2017Friday, August 25, 2017

All day
George Eastman Museum
$700 members
$800 nonmembers