Handmade Gelatin Dry Plate Making II

From October 7, 2014 through October 10, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Eastman House

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This workshop will teach you how to make your own photo emulsion, similar to the commercial products used by fine art photographers. You’ll learn the basic concepts and then be guided step-by-step by Process Historian Mark Osterman and Historic Process Specialist Nick Brandreth to make a silver bromide emulsion suitable for plates to be used in the camera. The technique is simple, the tools are easy to find and inexpensive, and the freedom of making your own gelatin emulsion is beyond description.

Each participant will receive a manual with complete instructions, formulas, and related readings from the research library. Also included is the opportunity to see amazing original silver gelatin prints by Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Emmet Gowin, and many others in the museum’s collection.

Audience: Limited to eight, this four-day workshop is suitable for fine art photographers, educators, history buffs, and anyone interested in the evolution of photography. No experience necessary.

Tuition: $600/$575 members, plus $90 materials fee. Add an extra day of printing for $150.

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: Lodging 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 $119 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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