The Wet Plate Collodion Workshop with Allan Barnes (Two sessions – SMC Campus)
Photo by Allan Barnes

The Wet Plate Collodion Workshop with Allan Barnes (Two sessions – SMC Campus)

  • December 8, 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • December 9, 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In efforts to advance photography in the mid-19th century, Fredrick Scott Archer, an English sculptor and photographer, experimented with collodion in the hope of producing a photographic negative on ordinary glass plates. The process was perfected in 1851. This two-day workshop serves as a hands-on introduction to this demanding but beautiful photographic process.

Participants will use large format period-correct cameras to explore the craftsmanship of tintypes and ambrotypes. After a brief historical discussion of the process, students will be trained in the coating, exposure, development and preservation of the photographic plate. The goal is to provide a taste of how the process works, with each participant walking away with 3-4 plates. We will be making photographs at/around the location of the workshop. Participants are invited to bring their own props, old costumes, etc.

All chemistry, media and cameras will be provided, in addition to information on purchasing one’s own WPC equipment. Please bring disposable latex or nitrile gloves, aprons and work clothing (materials used can easily stain skin and clothing).

The course is taught by Allan Barnes, a former photojournalist who has been working extensively with the process for almost ten years. A recent transplant to Northern California, Allan teaches workshops in the process at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, and also teaches photography classes at Petaluma High School in Petaluma, CA. His studio is located in Santa Rosa, CA.

Two Sessions
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, December 8-9, 10 am – 4 pm
Enrollment Limit: 12 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
Tuition: $395 + $100 media, darkroom usage and on-site technician fee at Santa Monica College
Location: Santa Monica College, Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA



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1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, California, 90405, United States

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