One day intensive

The collodion wetplate process has been around since 1851. In that year, Fredric Scott Archer published a technique that was supposed to change the face of photography. His wet collodion process produced a grainless glass negative capable of making beautifully sharp prints and dominated photography until the introduction of the dry plate in the 1880’s. What Archer discovered was that an underexposed negative looked like a nice positive if held in front of a black background. Positives were created by photographing on black glass(Ambrotypes).

What we, in the 21 century are discovering, is a renew appreciation of both the technique of the collodion wetplate process and the amazing beauty, imperfect, unique quality of the individual images.

In this AVONBIEHL workshop the participants will create 2 finished collodion wetplate photographs, one on clear glass(negative) and one on black glass(Ambrotype positive). The participants will cut, deburr and clean their own glass plates, coat the glass plates with collodion emulsion and sensitize the plates in a silver bath. They will expose the plates using an 8 x 10 restored field camera with a late 1800’s Emil Busch Portrait Lens. They will develop their plates in the darkroom before the plates are dried, heat tempered, and varnished.

The AVONBIEHL studio welcomes Jan Eric Euler as leader of this 1 day intensive workshop

All chemicals, supplies, tools and the 2 glass plates(4 x 5”)

Workshop topics:
Theory of the collodion wetplate process
Formulas and recipes of the solutions for the process
Basics of large format camera operation
Special tips for collodion beginners

Workshop Dates: 21 August, 22 August 2012
Workshop time: 9am– until we finish
Participants: 5-6 maximum

Cost: 175 Euro

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