Collodion Photogram Workshop Impressions


l had a wonderful time making wet plate collodion photograms with a fun and talented group of photographers. J Jason Lazarus, a photographic educator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, had this to say:

“Nadezda did a terrific job with making the material approachable for beginners and advanced alt-pro photographers alike. Although I’ve certainly possessed a basic understanding of the process, she demystified so many elements of this complex process – one that I’ve always seen as magical… From coating the plates with silver through exposure and development, I quickly developed a cautious confidence in what I was doing thanks to Nadezda’s hands-on guidance. Students were encouraged to play with several alternative processing methods that would alter the final result – and that exploration only fueled my interest in the process even more.”

I am grateful to all the participants for making this such a rewarding workshop experience and look forward to seeing the results of their future forays into the process! Again, many thanks to Michael and Chelsea Granger at LightBox Photographic in Astoria, OR, for their hospitality and dedication to antiquarian photography.

Creating Photograms with Wet Plate Collodion Workshop

I am pleased to offer a workshop on creating wet plate collodion photograms during the opening weekend of “Remnants” at LightBox Photographic Fine Art & Printing (Astoria, OR).

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Creating Photograms with Wet Plate Collodion

Date: September 10/11 (Sat. & Sunday)
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Price: $350.00
Instructor: Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer

Not to exceed 5 participants

From Henry Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins, to Man Ray, Jayne Hinds Bidaut and Adam Fuss, photographers have readily skirted the lens in their own respective pursuits of knowledge, ideas, poetry and metaphor. The field of photography has been greatly enriched by the photogenic drawing, inviting the viewer to interpolate from the shadows in search for the elusive spirit of the arrested form.

The photogenic drawing — or photogram — is made by placing objects on a light-sensitized surface which is exposed to light to produce an image. In this two day workshop the particpiant will learn about the 19th century wet plate collodion process and delve deep into the history of photography to explore lens-less image creation. We will learn the basics of wet plate collodion, including formulas and chemistry, and walk through the steps of creating direct wet plate photograms. Each participant will have the opportunity to make their own wet plate photograms and to explore the medium’s responsiveness to individualized expression.

Open to all skill levels, although some background in the darkroom and basic understanding of photography is desired.

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American Ivorytype Workshop

Kaden and I had the privilege to attend the American Ivorytype workshop taught by Mark Osterman at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. The American Ivorytype is a mid 19th century process (one of a number of variants) that involves the manipulation of hand colored salted paper prints encased in glass. The lightly painted top print, made translucent by applying a mix of wax and varnish, is mounted on top of a second print which is painted with a strong, opaque palette to create a 3-dimensional look characterized by a soft filtering of colors, including skin tones. The process involves many steps: preparing emuslions, making salt prints from negatives (we used historic glass negatives and modern transparencies of portraits skillfully prepared by Nick Brandreth), hand coloring positives, applying wax (a crucial step that takes quite a bit of skill) and mounting.

IMG_20141203_225057 (1)Mark Osterman

IMG_4699772951975Photo credit: Nick Brandreth

IMG_4775982897414Photo credit: Nick Brandreth

Mark holding a stunning ivorytype made by Kaden.