In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create in-camera tintypes using the wet collodion process. Students will learn the history of the process, techniques of preparing the plate, how to pour collodion, exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing. Participants will also learn how to use large format cameras, and get a chance to take home their own beautiful 4x5 and 5x7 plates.
Invented in 1851, the wet collodion process was used widely throughout the end of the 19th century. Each image is handmade by the photographer. The metal plates are exposed in camera while still wet, developed and fixed in a darkroom. Each student will have the chance to photograph a portrait and a still life during the workshop.
Galina Kurlat was born in Moscow in 1981 and emigrated to the United States in 1989. She received her Bachelor of Media Arts Degree from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute in 2005. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in a number of public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX and The Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.