WET COLLODION WORKSHOP
The Wet Collodion Process was one of the first photographic processes and
turned out to be the most important one of the 19th Century. It delivers
unique photographs on glass or blackened metal plates
(Ambrotypes/Ferrotypes) or stunning negatives to be printed on salted
paper or albumen. Almost all pictures known from the Victorian era, President
Lincoln or the American Civil War were taken this way.
In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make your own
ambrotypes (direct positives on glass) which you can take home with you.
The artist/photographer Michael Schaaf guides you through the process;
from the cleaning of the plates, the coating with collodion, sensitising,
capturing a picture, developing and then finally the varnishing of the
plate with historic varnishes made of gum sandarac and lavender oil.
Everyone should be able to make at least two plates. You will use Michael’s
large format cameras and he’ll provide all materials and photographic materials as well as safety equipment. Special photographic skills or experience
with large format cameras are not required.
We will work with silver nitrate which eventually produces durable stains, so you will need to wear something black or bring appropriate work clothes.
Times: 10am – 5pm
Address:The Royal Photographic Society, Fenton House, 122 Wells Road, Bath BA2 3AH
Parking: There is no parking at the RPS on week days but there are spaces available in the surrounding streets. At weekends you can park in the RPS car park which is accessed to the left of the building through a gateway.
Lunch is not provided unless stated. There is a delicatessen that offers sandwiches and snacks within walking distance which is open from Monday - Saturdays. There is also the CO-OP, a pub and newsagents open Monday - Sundays.