Tintypes and Ambrotypes
The Wetplate Collodion process workshop
June 23 or 24 (Belmont)
June 26 or 27 (Brewster)

Registration Required with at least 50% deposit. Deposit fully refundable until June 12. Full payment due by June 18. Only register where you plan to attend. Belmont workshops held at 11 Brighton St., Belmont, home of Digital Silver Imaging. Brewster workshops held at Packet Galleries, 311 Stony Brook Rd., Brewster.

Registration info at http://www.stangodwin.com

Workshops run from 9AM-5PM. Participants are responsible for lunch. All other supplies are included.

Please note this is a one-day workshop on any of the dates above. Only 10 participants per day will be allowed.

For further information please contact either workshop location.

Come spend the day learning the Wetplate Collodion Process with award winning photographer and instructor, Frank Lopez. Students will delve into the Tintype and Ambrotype techniques, the history behind the techniques, how to pour, shoot, develop and fix their own plates. Ambrotypes will be performed on black glass and Tintypes will be performed on blackened aluminum (a modern version of the Tintype). Workshop participants will walk away with two finished plates and knowledge to get started in this revived technique. There is a passionate revival in the 19th Century techniques and many artists and commercial photographers are working Wetplate photographers.

The Wetplate collodion process was founded in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer and is one of the most important photographic processes to make imagery accessible to the public. This process was immediately preceded by the daguerreotype and succeeded by gelatin dry plates. The primary photographic medium utilized during the American Civil War is the Tintype Process. Practitioners during this period include Matthew Brady, Julia Margaret Cameron, William Henry Jackson, Carleton E. Watkins, Roger Fenton and Lewis Carroll.

A prepared plate made of blackened iron (tintype) or glass (ambrotype) is coated with collodion (seasoned with bromides, iodides, ether and alcohol), dipped into silver nitrate and photographed while still wet (hence the name). The plate is washed to arrest development, dipped in cyanide to reverse and fix the image and washed again. Finally, the plate is varnished with a period formula varnish consisting of tree sap, alcohol and lavender oil.

Each image is a one of a kind plate no two are alike. Finished plates posses a special reflectivity that are unequaled in the history of photography.

Workshop participants will receive a formula list, a resource list for chemicals and supplies and a working knowledge of the process.

Frank Lopez is a Dallas based photographer and educator. He teaches full time at Greenhill School in Dallas and has built an international award winning photographic program based on 19th 21st Century techniques. Frank is the recent recipient of the Dallas Observer MasterMind Award, given to an artist who is making significant cultural contributions to the community and has exhibited throughout the nation. His works are held in numerous collections and Frank has taught many workshops in his studio overlooking the historic Fair Park. Frank teaches cultural immersion photographic classes in China and Korea each summer for Greenhill School and is an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M-Commerce.

Please visit www.franklopez.com to view images of his work.