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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, July 21-25, 2014

    Ambrotypes and Tintypes, July 21-25, 2014

    $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.

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

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  2. Collodion Chloride Printing Out Paper April 7-9, 2014

    Collodion Chloride Printing Out Paper April 7-9, 2014

    $570.00

    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.

    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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  3. Dry Plates in the Woods, May 19-23,2014

    Dry Plates in the Woods, May 19-23,2014

    $1,800.00
    Instructor: Mark Osterman Price includes a $200 materials fee. Please specify member number for member discount. Learn More
  4. Tintype Excursion on the Erie Canal June 2-6, 2014

    Tintype Excursion on the Erie Canal June 2-6, 2014

    $1,800.00

    For the first time since the golden age of collodion, we are offering a truly unique experience to relive the wet plate canal excursions of the 1870s.

    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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  5. Wet and Dry Collodion Negatives, June 16-20, 2014

    Wet and Dry Collodion Negatives, June 16-20, 2014

    $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.

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

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  6. Tintype Making: the Basics August 4-5, 2014

    Tintype Making: the Basics August 4-5, 2014

    $365.00

    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 $40 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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  7. 35mm Daguerreotypes July 7-9, 2014

    35mm Daguerreotypes July 7-9, 2014

    $675.00
    Learn to make real daguerreotypes with your own 35mm camera without expensive processing equipment or dangerous chemicals.

    Instructor: Mark Osterman

    Price includes a $100 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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  8. Tintype Making: the Basics August 7-8, 2014

    Tintype Making: the Basics August 7-8, 2014

    $365.00

    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 $40 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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  9. 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
  10. Direct Positive Paper Printing, September 8 - 11, 2014

    Direct Positive Paper Printing, September 8 - 11, 2014

    $600.00

    Learn the chromatype and direct positive salt print processes, two of the earliest photographic paper processes invented by Robert Hunt and Hippolyte Bayard in the 1840s. These rare direct positive techniques were generally used as contact printing processes but can also be made with a camera, given enough exposure.

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  11. Ambrotypes, September 24-26,2014

    Ambrotypes, September 24-26,2014

    $590.00

    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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  12. Black and White Digital Photography I, October 7-8, 2014

    Black and White Digital Photography I, October 7-8, 2014

    $400.00
    Even if you’ve stopped shooting black-and-white film or have never set foot in a darkroom, you can make beautiful black-and-white digital prints that have the romantic look of what photography was in the golden years of the 20th century. Participants can choose to attend the basic class offered in Session I, or more the more advanced can opt to take Session II. You can also take both courses in the same week. Learn More
  13. Black and White Digital Photography II, October 9-10, 2014

    Black and White Digital Photography II, October 9-10, 2014

    $400.00
    Even if you’ve stopped shooting black-and-white film or have never set foot in a darkroom, you can make beautiful black-and-white digital prints that have the romantic look of what photography was in the golden years of the 20th century. Participants can choose to attend the basic class offered in Session I, or more the more advanced can opt to take Session II. You can also take both courses in the same week. Learn More
  14. 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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  15. 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
  16. Photo Book Making in the Digital Age, November 19-21, 2014

    Photo Book Making in the Digital Age, November 19-21, 2014

    $570.00
    Instructor: Nick Brandreth Price includes a $70 materials fee. Please specify member number for member discount. Learn More
  17. American Ivorytype, December 9-11, 2014

    American Ivorytype, December 9-11, 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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