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Salt, Albumen, Collodion Printing Out Processes

Monday, July 20—Friday, July 24, 2020, All Day, George Eastman Museum

Tuition: $1,100 ($1,075 members), plus $100 materials fee

Workshop for 6 participants

This hands-on workshop combines three different 19th-century printing processes that all rely on light-sensitive silver chloride. We begin with the matte finish salted paper print introduced by William Henry Fox Talbot in the early 1840s and then move on to the albumen print, used from 1850 to the late 1880s to create some of the most iconic images of the 19th century. Finally the group will learn the super-glossy collodion chloride process also known as Aristotype. The imaging substance is the same in all of these techniques, but the binder is different, giving each print a distinct aesthetic. These printing processes are suitable for gelatin on glass, collodion on glass, film, and digital negatives of the correct density. This workshop also includes a visit to the Department of Photography to see vintage examples of these prints produced from the early 1840s to around 1910.

Participants will receive a manual with full directions and formulas for the salt, albumen, and collodion chloride printing processes written by Mark Osterman as well as a George Eastman Museum Workshop apron.

Audience: Limited to 6 participants, this 5-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.