Photo by Allan Barnes
The Wet Plate Collodion Workshop with Allan Barnes (Two sessions – SMC Campus)
- February 6, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- February 7, 2021
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.
Please note this course will be held at Santa Monica College. Participants will be required to wear masks at all times, in addition to practicing social distancing. By registering for this class you recognize the risks of contracting COVID-19 and release and hold harmless the Los Angeles Center of Photography from all liability.
Traveling from out of town? Need a place to stay?
We strongly recommend The Culver Hotel, a boutique hotel conveniently located about two miles from the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Guests of LACP will receive 25% off the listed room rate (pending closures and black-out periods).
Click HERE for details on booking.