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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 Stacey VanDenburgh at (585) 271-3361 ext. 323 or by e-mail at svandenburgh@geh.org.

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

For paper registration, click here (.pdf)

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  1. Ambrotypes and Tintypes, April 20 - 24, 2015

    Ambrotypes and Tintypes, April 20 - 24, 2015

    $1,400.00

    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 by Mark Osterman, internationally recognized as a modern master of the collodion process. Price includes a $200 materials fee.

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  2. Handmade Gelatin Dry Plate Making, October 7-10, 2014

    Handmade Gelatin Dry Plate Making, October 7-10, 2014

    $690.00
    Instructors: Mark Osterman and Ron Mowrey Price includes a $90 materials fee. Please specify member number for member discount. Learn More

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  3. Ambrotypes, September 24-26,2014

    Ambrotypes, September 24-26,2014

    $590.00

    Sold out! Please email photograhicworkshops@geh.org to be placed on a waiting list.

    Learn to make your own wet collodion direct positives on glass during this three-day, hands-on workshop with Mark Osterman, internationally respected as a modern master of the medium. You will learn how to cut and clean glass plates, coat the plates with collodion, sensitize, expose, and process the final image.

    Instructor: Mark Osterman

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  4. Carbon Printing for Beginners, October 22-24, 2014

    Carbon Printing for Beginners, October 22-24, 2014

    $570.00

    Unlike silver prints, the carbon print image is formed with the same pigments used for centuries in artists’ oil colors. The key to making carbon prints is a sheet of pigmented gelatin called a “tissue.” These can be purchased, but are expensive and limited to only a handful of colors. In this workshop, you’ll get hands-on experience in how to make carbon prints in any color using watercolors available at your local art store.

    Instructor: Mark Osterman. Price includes a $70 materials fee.

    After you click on the title of this workshop, you will be taken to an order form where you may specify member number for member discount or add the extra day option.

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  5. Developed Out Salt Print, November 5-7, 2014

    Developed Out Salt Print, November 5-7, 2014

    $570.00
    Instructor: Mark Osterman Price includes a $70 materials fee. Please specify member number for member discount. Learn More

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  6. American Ivorytype, December 9-11, 2014

    American Ivorytype, December 9-11, 2014

    $570.00
    Sold out! Please email photographicworkshops@geh.org to be placed on a waiting list. Instructor: Mark Osterman Price includes a $70 materials fee. Please specify member number for member discount. Learn More

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  7. Wet Collodion Tintypes in Yucatan, Mexico, February 9-10, 2015

    Wet Collodion Tintypes in Yucatan, Mexico, February 9-10, 2015

    $285.00

    A very special destination workshops held in the Yucatán province of Mexico. This workshop will be taught by internationally known collodion experts Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman with additional support from Waldemaro Concha and María Medina, respected collodion photographers from Mérida, Yucatán. Take a vacation and learn a historic process at the same time.

    Price includes a $35 materials fee. Please specify member number for member discount.

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  8. Wet Collodion Ambrotypes in Yucatan, Mexico, February 12-13, 2015

    Wet Collodion Ambrotypes in Yucatan, Mexico, February 12-13, 2015

    $285.00

    A very special destination workshops held in the Yucatán province of Mexico. This workshop will be taught by internationally known collodion experts Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman with additional support from Waldemaro Concha and María Medina, respected collodion photographers from Mérida, Yucatán. Take a vacation and learn a historic process at the same time.

    Price includes a $35 materials fee. Please specify member number for member discount.

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  9. Dry Collodion Plates in Yucatan, Mexico, February 16-20, 2015

    Dry Collodion Plates in Yucatan, Mexico, February 16-20, 2015

    $2,200.00

    A very special destination workshops held in the Yucatán province of Mexico. This workshop will be taught by internationally known collodion experts Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman with additional support from Waldemaro Concha and María Medina, respected collodion photographers from Mérida, Yucatán. Take a vacation and learn a historic process at the same time.

    Price includes a $200 materials fee. Please specify member number for member discount.

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  10. Digital Negative Making for Alternative and Historic Process Printing, March 2 - 4, 2015

    Digital Negative Making for Alternative and Historic Process Printing, March 2 - 4, 2015

    $580.00

    No longer limit yourself to just analog or just digital photography. 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. Historic Process Specialist Nick Brandreth will teach participants easy step-by-step workflow for digital negative making.

    Instructor: Nick Brandreth. Price includes a $80 materials fee.

    After you click on the title of this workshop, you will be taken to an order form where you may specify member number for member discount.

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  11. Glass Negative Retouching: Image Manipulation Before Photoshop, March 25 - 27, 2015

    Glass Negative Retouching: Image Manipulation Before Photoshop, March 25 - 27, 2015

    $700.00

    If you think image manipulation is new, think again. Learn how to retouch actual glass negatives using nineteenth-century techniques in this unique hands-on workshop. The art of retouching evolved in the mid-nineteenth century when early photographic negatives were only blue sensitive. The results were often extraordinary. Negative manipulation was generally performed to correct problems associated with color sensitivity, but it was also used as a creative tool just as Photoshop is used today. .

    Instructor: Mark Osterman. Price includes a $200 materials fee.

    After you click on the title of this workshop, you will be taken to an order form where you may specify member number for member discount.

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  12. Photomechanical Process Identification April 13 - 14, 2015

    Photomechanical Process Identification April 13 - 14, 2015

    $320.00

    Instructor: Ania Michas-Bailey

    Price includes a $20 materials fee. Please specify member number for member discount.

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  13. Daguerreotypes May 5 - 8, 2015

    Daguerreotypes May 5 - 8, 2015

    $2,100.00

    Conducted by Mike Robinson, acknowledged as a modern master of the medium, this workshop covers the perfected techniques used by commercial daguerreotypists in the 1850s. Participants will learn both modern and traditional techniques of polishing and will produce two mercury-developed, gilded daguerreotypes. Instructors: Mike Robinson and Mark Osterman.

    Price includes a $200 materials fee.

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  14. Tintypes: the Basics May 14 - 15, 2015

    Tintypes: the Basics May 14 - 15, 2015

    $385.00

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

    Instructor: Mark Osterman. Price includes a $60 materials fee.

    After you click on the title of this workshop, you will be taken to an order form where you may specify member number for member discount.

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  15. Ambrotypes: the Basics May 18 - 19, 2015

    Ambrotypes: the Basics May 18 - 19, 2015

    $385.00

    Make your own ambrotype portrait and still-life image in this special two-day workshop for beginners. Learn the basics of the 1850s wet collodion process used for making real tintypes.

    Instructor: Mark Osterman. Price includes a $60 materials fee.

    After you click on the title of this workshop, you will be taken to an order form where you may specify member number for member discount.

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  16. Gelatin Dry Plates in the Woods of Letchworth State Park June 1 - 5, 2015

    Gelatin Dry Plates in the Woods of Letchworth State Park June 1 - 5, 2015

    $1,700.00
    Instructor: Mark Osterman Price includes a $200 materials fee. Please specify member number for member discount. Learn More
  17. Wet and Dry Collodion Negatives, June 15 -19, 2015

    Wet and Dry Collodion Negatives, June 15 -19, 2015

    $1,400.00

    This five-day, intensive, hands-on negative workshop is for the experienced collodion ambrotypist or tintypist who wants to get to the next level. Taught by Mark Osterman, participants will learn the theory that sets the collodion negative apart from ambrotypes and tintypes. The rare dry collodion process will also be taught, allowing the photographer to shoot negatives in the field without the need for a darkroom or silver bath.

    Price includes a $200 materials fee.

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  18. Gelatin Emulsion Week: Dry Plate Negatives & Azo Paper July 13 - 17, 2015

    Gelatin Emulsion Week: Dry Plate Negatives & Azo Paper July 13 - 17, 2015

    $1,400.00

    Instructors: Mark Osterman and Nick Brandreth Price includes a $200 materials fee. Please specify member number for member discount.

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  19. 35mm Daguerreotypes July 27 - 29, 2015

    35mm Daguerreotypes July 27 - 29, 2015

    $665.00
    Learn to make real daguerreotypes with your own 35mm camera without expensive processing equipment or dangerous chemicals.

    Instructor: Mark Osterman

    Price includes a $90 materials fee.

    After you click on the title of this workshop, you will be taken to an order form where you may specify member number for member discount or add the extra day option.

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  20. The Adirondacks Experience, August 3 - 8, 2015

    The Adirondacks Experience, August 3 - 8, 2015

    $2,200.00

    This vacation workshop features shooting handmade gelatin dry plate negatives in the Adirondacks. This process is similar to that used by famed nineteenth-century Adirondack photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard, who brought attention to this amazing Eastern wilderness.


    Participants will stay at Great Camp Sagamore for the entire five-day workshop. Sagamore is a National Historic Landmark complex built by William West Durant as a wilderness retreat of the Vanderbilt family for much of the twentieth century. This very secluded camp set the stage for development of the Adirondack style of architecture and furniture. 

    Price includes lodging, meals and materials fee.

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