based in Paw Paw, WV
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Lisa Elmaleh’s work is an exploration of rural America. Using a portable darkroom in the back of her truck, Elmaleh photographs using the nineteenth century wet plate collodion...
"I had a great time at the workshop! I feel like this has re-energized my enthusiasm for photography, which has been in steady decline for 10+ years. Being in West Virginia was really part of the experience for me, and I hope I can go back someday for another class." - Eric Bullock, July 2015
_____________ Paw Paw, WV
Wet plate collodion was the leading method of photography during the 1850’s and 1860’s. The wet plate process is most commonly known in its three forms – tintypes (positives on tin), ambrotypes (positives on glass), and glass negatives (negatives on glass). In this workshop, Lisa will teach students how to create glass negatives, tintypes and ambrotypes in camera.
This workshop provides a unique opportunity to apply your skill set to an outdoor setting. It is a good opportunity for students who would like to learn the wet plate collodion process using natural light, and students who would like to build their own darkrooms, and shoot in the field. Students will learn how to hand coat their own plates, create and expose images using the sun, developing, fixing and varnishing. Students also learn proper handling, safety, and mixing of chemistry for the process, how to build their own darkroom and modify a camera.
Students will need to provide their own transportation, food, tents, and sleeping bags. Accommodations are available nearby for those who do not want to camp. One small tent is available for workshop participant use on a first come, first served basis.
Workshop participants will be using 4x5” graflex cameras. The cameras, chemicals and materials will be supplied.