Modern Daguerreian Methods: A Daguerreotype Workshop with Rob McElroy.
May 19-21, 2012 Buffalo, NY
Learn the history of the daguerreotype (the worldâ€™s first viable photographic process) and the techniques required to make one yourself. The three-day workshop (actually, four days packed into three) will be taught by modern daguerreotypist, Rob McElroy, who will demonstrate all of the steps necessary to create a modern mercury-developed daguerreotype. Each participant will perform all the steps themselves (plate preparation, sensitizing, exposing, developing, gilding, archival sealing and framing), beginning with a bare piece of silver-plated copper, and finishing with their very own framed daguerreotype.
Along with traditional techniques, Rob will also demonstrate his trouble-free modern method of producing a perfectly polished plate (the key to a great image) without the need for tedious hand buffing. Everything will take place in Robâ€™s photographic laboratory and studio in Buffalo, NY, with plenty of time afforded for creating more than one image, troubleshooting, viewing vintage daguerreotypes, and discussing each participantâ€™s results.
Robâ€™s large darkroom/laboratory, along with his studio â€” equipped with electronic-flash units powerful enough to expose daguerreotype plates, will make for a convenient and exciting learning environment.
A printer-friendly PDF file of the workshop brochure can be found at the following web address:
Some photos from previous workshops can be found here:
For more information, or if you want to be notified about future daguerreotype workshops, contact: Rob McElroy at (716) 877-3000 (email: email@example.com )