In this two-day workshop you will learn how to make "direct positive" 4x5 tintypes from start to finish—there are no negatives or enlargements in this process. We will work in the photographic darkroom at Pioneer Works, and discuss options for building your own dark box for portable work in the field. You will learn the chemistry and techniques to pour, expose, develop and varnish your plates. You will have time to create 3-4 of your own tintypes using antique, large format view cameras. You will also receive recipes, information and resources to help further your wet-plate exploration. This class emphasizes shooting in natural daylight, although studio lights are also available. After completing this course, you will have the foundation of skills, experience and information to continue the Wet-Plate process on your own.



In this hands-on workshop you will learn all the steps needed to coat, sensitize, shoot, develop, and varnish a 4×5 tintype. Each plate is a one-of-a-kind positive image on blackened tin, there are no negatives or enlargements in the process. We will develop in my studio darkroom, and discuss DIY methods for building your own process, making it approachable to people of all backgrounds who may not have photography experience.

In the 1-day intensive we will begin with a brief lecture covering history, chemistry, recipes, and safety, followed by an instructor demo. The rest of the class will be devoted to shooting with a one-on-one instructor assistance. Each student can expect to shoot 4-5 plates. We will end by varnishing our plates. This class size is limited to 2 people.

UPCOMING SESSIONS @ Rowan's Red Hook Studio

Sunday, June 18th, 10am-6pm (w/45min Lunch Break).
Saturday, July 1st, 10am-6pm (w/45min Lunch Break).
All Materials Included. $300 per person.
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In collaboration with a master papermaker at Dieu Donné and Robyn Hasty, the photographic artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works, you will learn photographic printmaking beginning with the production of your own custom, handmade paper. Guided by a framework of experimentation, this class will encourage the synthesis of traditional & contemporary papermaking techniques with historic photographic printmaking produced from a digital image.

This is a two-session class.

Session One - Paper Making at Dieu Donné:
You will begin with an introduction to papermaking, a tour of the studio and a viewing of work from the Dieu Donné archive. During guided studio time you will learn how to pull sheets of paper and experiment with creative techniques such as pulp painting, stenciling, embedding and simple laminate casting using cotton and abaca fibers with the goal of producing an experimental substrate for your image.

Session Two - Cyanotype at Pioneer Works:
Using digital negatives of imagery you provide, you will learn to sensitize, expose and develop your prints. Post-processing experiments will be encouraged including bleaching, toning and laminating on glass or other substrates. The goal is to produce a collection of layered imagery that experiments with the relationship of handmade processes and the photographic image.



8x10: Do you have experience shooting Wet-Plate Collodion and want to scale up to larger formats? This one-day intermediate level course will help you achieve the next level: the 8x10 tintype. You will learn techniques and tricks for 8x10 pouring, developing, fixing and varnishing for direct-positives on metal, with time to shoot 2-3 plates with assistance from the instructor. You will work with three large-format cameras--one studio 8x10, one field 8x10, one 6x6-- using both studio lights and natural sunlight. We will review our work at the end of class, discussing technique, troubleshooting and sourcing/building Collodion equipment.

Located in a 19th-century iron works, Pioneer Works offers a unique setting for shooting Collodion: 25,000 sq feet of interior space, a 40 foot high atrium filled with windows and light, historic exposed brick and timber framing, and an adjacent half-acre sculpture garden. Students are encouraged to bring objects, props, or costumes to construct their images, keeping in mind that surfaces with a lot of contrast or texture work well with the collodion process.



The tintype was the first photographic process to become accessible to a wide audience because it was durable, pocket-sized and could be produced in minutes. This beginner's tintype class takes a contemporary slant on that idea by making tintypes inside of bottle caps. Designed for students without previous photography experience, this class aims to give a fast and fun introduction to the tintype process. Students will shoot a set of 4 portraits with a polaroid camera modified to shoot tintypes. They will expose and develop their plates with instructor assistance, getting a hands on introduction to the process. At the end of the class, each student will complete their set of bottle cap portraits by attaching hanging hardware and casting them in epoxy resin. After the resin cures, these gem bottle cap portraits can be worn on jewelry, keychains or shared with friends as fascinating pocket-sized objects.



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Scale up your knowledge of collodion with a refurbished antique studio portrait camera with a custom Wet Plate back for plates up to (nearly) 14x14in.