UPDATE: From September 1, 2017 through December 15, 2018 I will be attending an MFA Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am not booking NYC based classes this Fall. I may have limited availability for private classes December 15, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Please inquire to schedule. I will be returning to NYC in May 2018 for the summer.


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

Private Classes Available by Request, December 2017 and Summer 2018


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.