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Alternative Process: Wet Plate Collodion

Class Description

This workshop offers photographic artists the opportunity to learn the beauty and complexity of the historical wet-plate collodion process from a contemporary perspective.

The wet plate collodion workshop is an introduction to the silver-based process that was the most popular method of image production in the mid to late 19th century, and is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity.  The process must be completed while the plate is wet (hence the name); and the images are exposed, developed, fixed and viewable within minutes.

Workshop participants will learn how to make tintypes in camera, resulting in a one of a kind image. Students will learn the techniques of pouring collodion, exposing, developing, and fixing, with additional discussion covering ambrotypes and glass negatives (we will not be making these), and how to varnish the plate to protect the surface.

Students will be using Mpls Photo Center supplied 4x5 cameras and will have the opportunity to work with a few different lenses, including a turn of the century brass lens. The plates we make will be 3.5" x 4.5". Day one will consist of learning safety concerns, and techniques for pouring, developing, and fixing plates, with ample time to practice and perhaps even make an image or two. Day two will be strictly a work day.

$75 lab fee, ncluding cameras, chemicals, and metal are supplied and included in the registration fee.

Topics that will be discussed and demonstrated:

  • Learn how to make tintypes in camera, resulting in a one of a kind image.
  • Learn techniques for pouring, developing, and fixing plates.

Class Requirements

No requirements for this class other then a desire to learn.

Class Schedule

Start Time
End Time
Saturday, March 9th, 2013 10:00 AM 4:00 PM Digital Lab/Darkrooms
Sunday, March 10th, 2013 10:00 AM 4:00 PM Digital Lab/Darkrooms

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About the Instructor

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Dave Molnar: Dave Molnar has been passionate about the world of alternative processes since his days in college where he first discovered the platinum prints of Irving Penn.

Molnar’s old notebook is full of notations and numbers of contemporary practicioners and alternative process suppliers. In those days he never got the access to, or instruction in alternative process because no courses were offered. he desired. 12 years from that first interest in alternative process Dave Molnar’s previous college began to offer courses and was immediately hooked on the old-world beauty and elegance of image making with these alternative methods. Molnar, besides learning from some of the best practitioners, continues to learn through many hours of trial and error. The one thing he loves more than printing in these processes, is sharing his passion and knowledge with those interested in discovering the possibilities of alternative process.

Register for this Class

The cost of the "Alternative Process: Wet Plate Collodion" class is: $350.00

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Please Note: This class is currently full. Please contact us if you would like to be placed on a waiting list and advised of the next scheduled class. In the meantime you might consider our One on One personalized education options with our trained professionals.

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