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Wet-Collodion Negatives and Salt Printing

Tuesday,September 10–Friday, September 13, 2019, All Day, George Eastman Museum

Tuition: $800 ($700 members), plus $80 materials fee

Workshop for 6 participants

This new, stand-alone, wet-collodion negative workshop is for those who are interested in making wet-plate negatives for studio portraiture, still lifes, and landscapes using this early process originally introduced in 1851. With wet collodion, the plates are prepared immediately before exposure and must remain wet until developed. The workshop will cover making the collodion, subbing plates with albumen, coating them with collodion, and sensitizing them. You will be shooting portraits and still lifes in the Scully and Osterman Skylight Studio. You will also learn how to after-process the plates to increase silver density. We will proof the negatives with the salt printing technique, which includes waxing the final prints.

A work apron and manual with all the formulas and directions are included. The group will also view rare examples of original negative plates and prints from the George Eastman Museum’s collection.

Audience: Limited to 6 participants, this 4-day workshop is particularly suited for wet-plate ambrotypists and tintypists who want to advance their skills to the next level, however, no experience is necessary.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop 30 days before the session’s start date will result in a full refund minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made fewer than 30 days before the workshop 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 here.

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop; participants must make their own arrangements.

  • The Strathallen is a 15-minute walk from the museum. Visit strathallan.com to make a reservation. 
  • The Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown is a 30-minute walk from the museum, and only an 8 minute drive. Visit their website to make a reservation. 

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