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Wet-Plate Collodion Portrait Workshop with Peter Renn

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Wet-Plate Collodion at Russell-Cotes

This workshop is in connection with our exhibition Siam: Through the Lens of John Thomson. For more information click here

A hands-on opportunity to explore the nineteenth century Wet-Plate Collodion process.  Using an original Victorian plate camera and period equipment, participants will have the opportunity to make actual tintype or ambrotype portraits. You will, of course get to keep the pictures you make.

Invented in 1851, the wet-plate process involves flowing collodion chemicals onto a glass or metal plate and sensitising it with silver nitrate before exposing it in the camera. The image is developed rapidly (15 seconds) before fixing, washing and drying.  We will make and expose plates as John Thomson and his contemporaries did.  Full guidance will be given for every stage of the process. No previous photographic experience is necessary.


About the Tutor, Peter Renn:

Long established as a photographer, printmaker and educator, Peter Renn has been working in photography since the late 1980s. With specialist expertise in large format, film and darkroom-based work he is particularly interested in historic processes and has over ten years of experience making wet-plate photographs. Peter uses original, authentic Victorian cameras and lenses.

All equipment and materials are provided, but you are encouraged to bring props, hats or complete outfits to make your photograph unique.

Tuesday 14 November, 10.30am – 5pm, £95 per person (limited spaces available)

A one of the kind experience where you can take your own black and white portrait home at the end of the day.

You are welcome to bring a friend or family member along, if you would like to create a photo with other people in it too.

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14th November 23 - 14th November 23

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