Tintype Excursion on the Erie Canal

From June 2, 2014 through June 6, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Eastman House


Based on the enthusiastic response from last year, we are once again offering a truly unique experience to relive the wet plate canal excursions of the 1870s. Guided by Mark Osterman, the group will travel on a 42-foot canal boat along the Erie Canal through step locks and picturesque scenery. Along the way we will tie up along the canal bank, set up a portable darkroom, and participants will shoot their own whole plate (6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch) wet collodion tintypes. Tuition includes two nights’ lodging at the Vintage Gardens bed & breakfast during the three-day excursion.

Day 1: Basic instruction in tintype making at George Eastman House.
Day 2: Shooting along the Erie Canal. Group stays in a bed & breakfast.
Day 3: Shooting along the Erie Canal. Group stays in a bed & breakfast.
Day 4: Shooting along the Erie Canal. Return to Rochester in the evening.
Day 5: Varnishing plates and viewing historic images at George Eastman House.

Each participant will receive a copy of the Scully & Osterman basic tintype and ambrotype collodion manual, which includes formulas and sources of supply.

Audience: Limited to five, this five-day workshop is suitable for fine art photographers, educators, history buffs, and anyone with a sense of adventure. No experience necessary.

Tuition: $1,600/$1,500 members, plus $200 materials fee

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 cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class will be fully refunded. George Eastman House is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees. Eastman House may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes. . 

Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, the workshops are held at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. Directions can be found here.  

Lodging: Includes two nights’ lodging at the Vintage Gardens bed & breakfast during the three-day excursion. Lodging for the other nights is not included in the cost of the workshop; participants must make their own arrangements. The host hotel for workshops held at George Eastman House is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, eastaveinn.com. This hotel is within walking distance of the museum. Room rates begin at $99 per night. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 559-8039. When calling to make a reservation, please mention you are taking a workshop at George Eastman House to get this special rate.

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