Wet Plate Collodion Workshop June 2017

Wet Plate Collodion Workshop held at the Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar, Dublin http://www.galleryofphotography.ie/

Date: Sunday 4th June 2017; Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Six places max.


I attended this intensive one day workshop led by experienced wet collodionist Monika Fabijanczyk. The group was divided into two, one to photograph portraits, the other still life, and afterwards the groups swapped tasks.  In the darkroom we each prepared 4 x 5 inch plates by pouring the collodion on the plate, sensitising it in a bath of silver nitrate solution, loading it in a wet plate holder and taking it to the studio and the 4 x 5 camera to make an exposure (Ingledew, 2013: 264; Eastman Kodak Company, 1935).

After making the exposure the plate holder was opened in the darkroom and the plate developed, rinsed in a stop bath, fixed, washed, dried and varnished (shown in Gallery 1 below are photographs of two black-glass plates I produced in the workshop).

Gallery 1 (click to enlarge)


Eastman Kodak Company (1935) Collodion and the making of wet plate negatives. Rochester: Eastman Kodak [online] At: http://motamedi.info/text/Eastman-Kodak%20(1935)%20Collodion%20and%20the%20Making%20of%20Wet-Plate%20Negatives.pdf (Accessed on 05.06.17)

Ingledew, John (2013) Photography (Second Edition). London: Laurence King Publishing


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