Wet and Dry Collodion Negatives

Monday, April 17, 2017Friday, April 21, 2017
All day
, George Eastman Museum
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Tuition: $1,200 ($1,100 members), plus $200 materials fee
Workshop for six participants

This five-day hands-on negative workshop is for the experienced collodion ambrotypist or tintypist who wants to get to the next level. Collodion negatives were used in combination with every photographic printing process invented prior to 1880. These include salt, cyanotype, albumen, developed-out salt, gum, carbon, platinum, palladium, photo ceramic, and more. Participants will learn the theory that sets the collodion negative apart from ambrotypes and tintypes. The rare dry collodion process—which allows the photographer to shoot negatives in the field without the need for a darkroom or silver bath on location—will also be taught. Led by Mark Osterman, the workshop includes shooting, processing, and developing plates exposed in the historic gardens at the museum.

Participants will also learn the salt printing process and make a positive proof print from their favorite collodion negative. Each participant will receive a manual with complete instructions and formulas for both the wet and dry collodion negative written by Mark Osterman and facsimile readings on the topic of collodion negative making. Participants will also view original albumen and salt prints by Julia Margaret Cameron, Gustave Le Gray, Eadweard Muybridge, James Robertson, and many others from the George Eastman Museum collection.

Audience: Limited to six, this five-day program is specifically for those who wish to attain a higher level in their collodion technique. Prior experience in basic collodion ambrotypes or tintypes is suggested but not necessary.

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


Event Details

Monday, April 17, 2017Friday, April 21, 2017

All day
George Eastman Museum
$1,300 members
$1,400 nonmembers