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Workshop: Wet Plate Collodion with Luther Gerlach

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Skill Level: Intermediate/
Advanced

Location: at gallery (click here)
Duration: full day (second day $75 extra with purchase of full day)
Cost: $275 plus lab fee
Dates: See available sessions below
Instructor: Luther Gerlach


Prerequisites: experience with the large format camera recommended.
 
 

 

Luther Gerlach is one of the foremost practitioners of the process - in terms of both practice and theory - he is recognized and used by the Getty Museum for their demonstrations and workshops in the medium.  As an interesting side note - he is also the owner and operator of the world's largest 'mammoth' wet plate collodion camera, which you may be able to get a glimpse of while attending the workshop. We will also be offering a special 'mammoth plate' workshop with Luther and his camera - so be on the lookout

 

 

   
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If you clicked on this page - you're probably familiar with this process. If not, think: Sally Mann. This is an 'antique' photographic process; a means of  creating your own original negative without having to buy film! Collodion is a generic term for the light sensitive solution that will be mixed in order to coat a glass plate which becomes your negative.  All participants in the workshop will go home with a new skill, knowledge and one original wet collodion photograph mounted to aluminum (yet another mystery of the process - it turns from a negative to a positive when mounted on a reflective surface!). The workshop covers some of the following topics:

  1. History of the Wet Plate Process
  2. How does it work? What is it?: the theory and a little bit of chemistry behind the process.
  3. Technique: Process overview, coating your plate and best practices.
  4. Camera Technique: Using the Wet Plate / Large format camera. Covers handling,  making an exposure etc...
  5. Development and fixing of the wet plate: 'Darkroom' workshop
  6. Discussion: Looking at the aesthetics of the wet plate image (choosing subjects, lighting etc.)
  7. Questions and Answers / Troubleshooting

Prerequisites: experience with the large format camera recommended

Please see our membership page for additional discounts on all workshops!

Space in this workshop will be limited to a maximum of 8 (eight) participants.  Workshop length is a fully day, held at the dates below at 10 AM . Each participant will be given attention according to their needs. Questions and answers are encouraged throughout the session and individual help is available during the workshops . There will be a lunch break and a tasty panini lunch served with a beverage of your choice. The workshop fee is $275 (members get a discounted rate -and a further $20 off if purchased online, below). Groups also welcome by prior arrangement. Individual instruction is also available upon inquiry.  All workshops must be paid for (or else a deposit left) before 72 hours (three days) from the start of a workshop or else a penalty fee of $25 will apply. Please note: there is also a lab fee for this workshop to cover chemistry and related materials. Payment may be made online in advance (see below) at a discounted rate. Payments taken by telephone, fax or in person will be at the normal rate and will not reflect the discount for online purchases.


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  Discounts:
Please see our membership page for additional huge discounts on all workshops and merchandise as well as other goodies.  Enter the code "workshop20" at checkout to receive $20 off the nominal price. Students of accredited educational institutions are also eligible to receive a 15% discount on all workshops. Please inquire about multiple workshop discounts too.
 
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  Payment:
Payment may also be taken by telephone, fax or in perso , or online below.  All workshops must be paid for (or else a deposit left) before 72 hours (three days) from the start of a workshop or else a penalty fee of $50 will apply. Payment may be made online in advance (see below) at a discounted rate.

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