Photography Workshops

Dan Ryan of Victor, NY, shows off an asphalt heliograph he made in a 2012 workshop.

Historic photographic processes have become an exciting alternative and even complementary technique to digital imaging. At George Eastman House, participants not only get hands-on instruction on the processes, but also get to view prime examples from the Museum’s incomparable collections.

No prior experience is necessary for most of these workshops. They are suitable for artists, photographers, students, teachers, and anyone interested in using these rare 19th century processes in the 21st century.  

Don't see the process you'd like to learn? We teach a wide variety of early photographic techniques in private group workshops and individual tutorials. We offer workshops all over the world, and events can also be held at an institution near you. Ask about arranging a workshop or illustrated lecture to suit your needs.  

For more information or to register, contact us at (585) 271-3361 ext. 323 or by e-mail at photographicworkshops geh org.

Start-up funding for this workshop series was provided by a grant from Howard and Carole Tanenbaum.

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The Evolution of Photographic Technology

September 16, 2015 through September 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

New in 2015! In this three-day workshop participants will attend several illustrated lectures on the evolution of the photographic process from its beginnings in the 1830s through the digital age.



Opaltypes & Orotones

October 7, 2015 through October 9, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Learn both of these rare processes in the same workshop, making images from glass, film, and digital negatives.



Spirit Photography

October 28, 2015 through October 30, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Sold Out! Please email photographicworkshops@geh.org to be added to the waiting list. Make your own “ghost” images in this popular workshop, in which you’ll learn the basics of making wet collodion tintypes as well as techniques like multiple imagery, ghost imagery, controlled image deterioration, and more.



19th-Century Process Identification

December 3, 2015 through December 4, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

This workshop covers photographic processes used in the nineteenth century. Combined with tips for preserving vintage photographic images, this is a fun and informative workshop that demystifies an otherwise very difficult job.



Wet Collodion Tintypes in Yucatán, Mexico

February 8, 2016 through February 9, 2016 in Yucatan, Mexico.

A two-day workshop for beginners in tintype making that includes individual instruction to make 5x7″ collodion tintypes. Held in the Yucatán province of Mexico.



Wet Collodion Ambrotypes in Yucatán, Mexico

February 11, 2016 through February 12, 2016 in Yucatan, Mexico.

A two-day workshop for beginners in ambrotype making (collodion on glass) that includes individual instruction to make 5x7″ collodion ambrotypes. Held in the Yucatán province of Mexico.



Dry Collodion Plates in Yucatán, Mexico

February 15, 2016 through February 19, 2016 in Yucatan, Mexico.

In this five-day workshop, sessions will include preparing 8x10″ dry collodion glass plate negatives in the comfort of an air-conditioned darkroom in Mérida and shooting in the field. Held in the Yucatán province of Mexico.



Digital Negative Making for Alternative and Historic Process Printing

March 2, 2016 through March 4, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

This hands-on workshop will help you to harness the precision of digital imaging to produce negatives with your inkjet printer for a variety of your favorite historic and alternative printing processes.



Glass Negative Retouching: Image Manipulation before Photoshop

March 23, 2016 through March 25, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Learn how to retouch actual glass negatives using nineteenth-century techniques in this unique hands-on workshop.



Tintypes

April 5, 2016 through April 8, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Make your own tintype portraits and still-life images in this three-day workshop for beginners. Learn the basics of the 1850s wet collodion process used for making real tintypes.



Handmade Emulsion Papers

April 18, 2016 through April 22, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

New! This special printing workshop features two of our most popular handmade emulsions: collodion chloride printing-out emulsion and gelatin chloride developing-out emulsion.



Wet and Dry Collodion Negatives

May 16, 2016 through May 20, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

This five-day, hands-on negative workshop is for the experienced collodion ambrotypist or tintypist who wants to get to the next level.



Gelatin Dry Plates in the Woods of Letchworth State Park

June 6, 2016 through June 10, 2016 .

If you like camping, hiking, and large format photography, this is the workshop for you.



Stereographs

July 6, 2016 through July 8, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

New! Learn how to print and mount real albumen print stereographs for 3-D viewing in this workshop. Both digital stereo negatives and actual collodion on glass stereo negatives will be used in this workshop.



Ambrotypes and Tintypes

July 18, 2016 through July 22, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Ambrotypes and tintypes are the hottest alternative processes used in fine art photography today. In this intensive five-day workshop, participants will be guided through the basics of making these unique positive wet-collodion images.



Gelatin Emulsion Dry Plate Negatives

August 2, 2016 through August 5, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

The basics of making gelatin emulsion dry plates are covered in this fun and informative emulsion workshop for beginners.



The Adirondacks Experience

August 15, 2016 through August 19, 2016 in the Adirondacks.

In this vacation workshop, participants shoot handmade 4x5″ gelatin dry plate glass negatives in the Adirondacks.



35mm Daguerreotype

September 7, 2016 through September 9, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Make real daguerreotypes with your own 35mm camera without expensive processing equipment or dangerous chemicals.



Salt and Albumen Printing

September 19, 2016 through September 23, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Learn the two most popular printing processes of the nineteenth century: salt and albumen.



Carbon Tissue Making and Printing

October 19, 2016 through October 21, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Learn to make your own carbon tissues using pigments available at your local art supply store or online.



Evolution of Photography

November 2, 2016 through November 4, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

In this three-day workshop, participants will attend several illustrated lectures on the evolution of the photographic process from its beginnings in the 1830s through the digital age.



19th-Century Process Identification

November 17, 2016 through November 18, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Whether you are an archivist at a large museum, a volunteer at a local historical society, or the family historian, it’s important to know the vintage and type of photographs in your collection.



American Ivorytype

November 30, 2016 through December 2, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Eastman House.

Learn to make an American Ivorytype, which has the appearance of a hand-painted ivory miniature.



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