Workshop: Ambrotypes for Beginners, Rochester, NY

Ambrotypes for Beginners

From May 20, 2013 through May 22, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Eastman House

There are many good ambrotype workshops offered around the world today, but none compare to what is offered here at George Eastman House. We taught the very first ambrotype workshops that started a world-wide artistic movement. We even have the original teacher.

Learn to make your own wet collodion direct positives on glass during this three-day, hands-on workshop with Mark Osterman, internationally respected as a modern master of the medium. You will learn how to cut and clean glass plates, coat the plates with collodion, sensitize, expose, and process the final image. We will also teach tinting and special burnishing techniques pioneered by Osterman.

The opportunity to view rare, original ambrotypes and wet collodion era cameras from the George Eastman House collection makes this workshop a particularly fulfilling experience. Participants will also receive a copy of the new Scully & Osterman basic collodion manual, including formulas and supply sources, as well as additional wet plate era readings pulled from the research library.

Audience: Limited to eight participants, this three-day workshop is suitable for fine art photographers, teachers and anyone interested in the evolution of photography. No experience is necessary for this very hands-on workshop.

Tuition: $475/$450 members, plus $90 materials fee; $150 extra day option

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop two weeks before the session start date will receive a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than two weeks before a workshop start date. If the workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class will be fully refunded. The Eastman House is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees. The Eastman House may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes.

Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, the workshops are held at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. Directions can be found at our website at

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop. Participants must make their own arrangements. The host hotel for workshops held at George Eastman House is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, This hotel is within walking distance of the museum. Room rates begin at $99 per night. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 559-8039. When calling to make a reservation, please mention you are taking a workshop at George Eastman House to get this special rate.