NEW: Dry Plates in the Woods

From May 19, 2014 through May 23, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Eastman House

This workshop includes making a silver bromide gelatin emulsion -- but goes much further. The group will spend the first day making dozens of 4x5-inch gelatin dry plates. The next day we’ll pack our plates and travel to Letchworth State Park, New York, known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.”

Participants will be guided by Historic Process Specialist Nick Brandreth and Process Historian Mark Osterman as they hike along the river and through wooded sections of the park, making exposures during the day and returning to their cabins to process plates in the evenings.

Each participant will receive a complete manual by Mark Osterman and other readings on gelatin emulsion and dry plate making. You don’t need a camera, but are welcome to bring one along if you wish. Banjos, fiddles, and guitars are also welcome -- we’ll provide the s’mores.

Audience: Limited to five, this five-day workshop includes group lodging in rustic cabins and hiking through wooded and rocky terrain. Participants must be confident in their ability to hike 1 to 2 miles each day while carrying the necessary equipment. 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: Group lodging in rustic cabins for four nights is included in the cost of the workshop. Participants must make their own arrangements for the first night. The host hotel for workshops held at George Eastman House is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, 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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