Wet Collodion Lecture and Demonstration

10 May 2014

10:30 - 12:00

Bath HQ
The Royal Photographic Society
Fenton House
122 Wells Road
United Kingdom


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RPS Member£7.00 
Non RPS Member£10.00 
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The 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) or
stunning negatives to be printed on salted paper or albumen.

Almost all pictures known from Victorian era, the American Civil War or President
Lincoln where taken with this process and many 19th Century artists used it as their media; Nadar, LeGray, Roger Fenton, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka. Lewis Carol) and many more.

In this lecture the artist/photographer Michael Schaaf leads you through the process. He’ll talk about the history of the collodion photography and its properties and practically demonstrate how it’s done; from the cleaning of the plates, coating with collodion, sensitising, capturing a picture, developing and then finally the
varnishing of the plate with historic varnishes made of gum sandarak and
lavender oil.

There will be time for discussion and to have a look at some of Michael's plates and prints. A must for everyone interested in historic photographic processes.

Times: 10.30 – 12 Noon
Address :The Royal Photographic Society, Fenton House, 122 Wells Road, Bath  BA2 3AH
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/XdVcI
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 (although spaces are limited) which is accessed to the left of the building through a gateway.

*Why not follow this up with attending the practical session on the 7th June - book early as places are linited.

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.

Image©Michael Schaaf


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Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected. If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

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Region: Bristol (HQ)Group(s): Historical