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Mansion closed Dec. 19–Feb. 13. Galleries will be open.

Tintype Boot Camp

Saturday, December 14, All Day, George Eastman Museum

SOLD OUT. Please contact workshops@eastman.org to get on a waitlist.

Tuition: $150
Workshop for 8 participants

Visit any antique shop and you are likely to find a box of original tintypes from the 1850s. The black-and-tan picture is as permanent as a photograph can be. Tintypes are one-of-a-kind photographs on metal plates and are still made by hand today using the same collodion process that dates back to the mid 1800s.

This workshop offers you a great opportunity to get a feel of what it was like to sit in front of a camera between the 1850s and 1870s. No photographic experience is required to attend, and you’ll leave with a 5×7″ tintype portrait made by an experienced tintypist as well as an information packet on how the plate was made. Everyone will have the hands-on experience of learning how to pour the liquid collodion solution onto a metal plate and will participate in elements of processing of the plates in the darkroom.

Notes: We suggest you wear dark colors rather than light colors, as they photograph better with this process.

Audience: Limited to 8 participants, this 1-day workshop is a fun way to learn the tintype process. No experience necessary.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given for cancellations for this workshop. 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: Session begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. The workshop is held at the George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY. Directions can be found here here.

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop; participants must make their own arrangements. The host hotel for museum workshops is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, eastaveinn.com. This hotel is about a 15-minute walk from the museum. Room rates begin at $109 per night. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. 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.

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