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Workshop: Master the wet plate collodion process, learning to turn your photographs into timeless works of art in this hands-on and creative workshop led by Jill Enfield at Maine Media Workshops + College


The collodion process, invented around 1850, was the first widely used photographic process that produced a negative image on a transparent photographic medium. Other methods of the time, such as the Daguerreotype, produced a one-of-a-kind positive image, which could not be replicated easily. With the collodion process, however, the photographer could make an unlimited number of prints from a single negative. In addition to the convenience of creating negatives, the collodion process had numerous other advantages. It was an inexpensive process, especially in comparison with the daguerreotype.

The process starts in the darkroom by pouring photosensitive chemicals on a prepared glass plate, this plate is then inserted into the back of the camera body where the film normally goes. The camera is then taken out of the darkroom and students have approximately 10 minutes to make their picture before needing to develop. Students work with both glass plates and aluminum. The latter produces positives. Jill will also show how to use a transparency to create a wet plate contact image (this can be done from a digital file, and thus avoids the fieldwork of the typical wet plate collodion process).


Dates: August 12th-August 16th

Location: Camden, ME United States

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