Collodion Chloride Printing Out Paper

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


No, not wet plate collodion, this is actually collodion printing paper. The collodion chloride print was initially introduced in the 1860s but did not become popular until 30 years later. It remains the most archival silver-based printing process ever invented. Also known as the American Aristotype, collodion papers were popular from 1880 to 1920.

Process Historian Mark Osterman published the first modern directions on how to make collodion emulsions in the third edition of Steve Anchell’s Darkroom Cookbook. In this workshop, Osterman will teach how to mix the emulsion, coat paper by hand, print, and process this amazing silver chloride emulsion.

Class discussions will include the evolution of the various collodion emulsions. We will display and discuss vintage examples of collodion emulsion papers and dry collodion emulsion negatives from the George Eastman House collection. Each participant will receive a complete set of instructions and facsimile articles.

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

Tuition: $500/$475 members, plus $70 materials fee. Add an extra day of printing for $150.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop two weeks before the session start date will receive a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than two weeks 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 $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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