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Wet Plate Portfolio Building with Lisa Elmaleh (3-Day Workshop)

Dallas Center for Photography

This 4-day workshop is held at DCP. Series runs March 30 from 6-8 p.m., and March 31 - April 2 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

This intensive workshop dives into wet plate collodion, the leading process of photography in the 1850s and ’60s. More than an introductory course, this 4-day workshop is designed for new and experienced wet plate students and combines guided instruction, independent experimentation, and group review culminating in a collection of new work.

Over the long weekend, Lisa Elmaleh will teach students how to create glass negatives, tintypes and ambrotypes in camera, and begin to form their own collection of images utilizing this process. Students will learn the techniques of preparing the plate, pouring collodion, exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing, as well as chemical mixing and safety. After this initial instruction, students are invited to work on their own portfolio, with guidance, using the wet plate collodion process. Each student has the opportunity to work one-on-one with instructor Lisa Elmaleh on-location and in the darkroom. Images can be made indoors or outdoors, using your own large format camera or one of the limited number provided.

Basics of the collodion process will be covered, including:

Hand coating collodion plates: preparing the plate, cleaning glass, pouring collodion
Creating wet collodion images: exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing
Safely mixing the chemistry
Building a darkroom and modifying cameras for the process
Printing pre-existing imagery using an enlarger onto wet collodion plates

Experimentation will be strongly encouraged! Previous photography or darkroom experience is not required.

All supplies are provided including 4×5 metal plates and chemistry, as well as personal protective equipment including aprons, goggles, and non-latex gloves. Students are welcome to work with glass plates, however, they are not provided for this workshop. We have five Graflex Crown Graphic 4×5 cameras, available on a first come basis. Let us know when you register if you’d like to use one. If we have more than five requests, you may have to share a camera with another student. We’ll also have some lighting available.

Dallas Center for Photography is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.


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  • $875
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  • Thursday, March 30, 2023 @ 6:00 pm   2023-03-30 18:00:00 2023-03-30 21:00:00 America/Chicago Wet Plate Portfolio Building with Lisa Elmaleh (3-Day Workshop) //artandseek.org/calendar/event/116389/wet-plate-portfolio-building-with-lisa-elmaleh-3-day-workshop Dallas Center for Photography, 4756 Algiers Street, Dallas, TX, 75207

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