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Tuesday, September 15—Friday, September 18, 2020, All Day, George Eastman Museum

Tuition: $600 ($575 members), plus $100 materials fee (includes $15 chemical disposal fee)

Workshop for 8 participants

Explore the secrets behind two rare processes in one workshop. The opaltype, or milk glass positive, is an image on a white glass plate. Used primarily for portraits from the late 1860s to the 1930s, original opaltypes are difficult to find. Orotones, popularized by Edward Curtis, are images on clear glass with highlights of gold-colored powder. Both types of pictures will be made in this workshop with the carbon transfer process. Mark Osterman and Nick Brandreth will guide you through the basics of these unique forms of photography as you make images from glass, film, and digital negatives.

Participants will receive a work apron and a manual on carbon printing technique written by Mark Osterman, along with specific instructions and formulas for making opaltype and orotone variants.

Audience: Limited to 8 participants, this 4-day workshop is suitable for fine arts photographers, students, teachers, and anyone interested in discovering the beauty and potential of this amazing process. 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.