“I had a great time at the workshop! I feel like this has re-energized my enthusiasm for photography, which has been in steady decline for 10+ years. Being in West Virginia was really part of the experience for me, and I hope I can go back someday for another class.” – Eric Bullock, July 2015
Paw Paw, WV
Wet plate collodion was the leading method of photography during the 1850’s and 1860’s. The wet plate process is most commonly known in its three forms – tintypes (positives on tin), ambrotypes (positives on glass), and glass negatives (negatives on glass). In this workshop, Lisa will teach students how to create glass negatives, tintypes and ambrotypes in camera.
This workshop provides a unique opportunity to apply your skill set to an outdoor setting. It is a good opportunity for students who would like to learn the wet plate collodion process using natural light, and students who would like to build their own darkrooms, and shoot in the field. Students will learn how to hand coat their own plates, create and expose images using the sun, developing, fixing and varnishing. Students also learn proper handling, safety, and mixing of chemistry for the process, how to build their own darkroom and modify a camera.
Students will need to provide their own transportation, food, tents, and sleeping bags. Accommodations are available nearby for those who do not want to camp. One small tent is available for workshop participant use on a first come, first served basis.
Workshop participants will be using 4×5” graflex cameras. The cameras, chemicals and materials will be supplied. Open to all students beginner – advanced.
If camping outdoors is not for you – a list of nearby hotels:
LISA ELMALEH’s work is an exploration of rural America. Using a portable darkroom in the trunk of her car, Elmaleh photographs using the nineteenth century wet collodion process. Elmaleh received the Silas Rhodes scholarship to attend the School of Visual Arts, and obtained a BFA with honors. She is a recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, the Everglades Artist Residency, the Camera Club of New York Darkroom Residency, and the Goldwell Artist Residency. She has been included in various group shows such as the 2008 New York Photofest (Powerhouse) and Landscape: Voyage (KMR Arts). lisaelmaleh.com