Wet Plate Glass Negative – Ellie Young – 1 Day

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  • April 3, 2020
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ABOUT WET PLATE NEGATIVE
A glass plate is coated with collodion emulsion and sensitized, exposed in a large format camera and processed in the darkroom. The name wet plate is used as the solution must remain wet during the whole process. It loses its sensitivity to light when it is dry. The activity of preparing a plate of glass with salted collodion and silver nitrate, exposing the plate, and developing the image takes place within ten minutes.

THE WET PLATE NEGATIVE HISTORY
The collodion process was discovered by Englishman Frederick Scott Archer in 1848, he published the process 1851 and by 1860 was universally employed by photographers until 1880 when the gelatin dry plates became widely used. Collodion glass-plate negatives became the standard for photographers. This coinciding with the first three decades of albuminized paper and the combination of the two became the rule. The focus of this negative was simply on the final photographic product: the positive print.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
The day involves understanding the preparation of the plate, coating, exposing and processes. The chemicals used are volatile so this workshop is not for those who have concerns about handling these types of chemicals. Material handling safety issues are included as part of the workshop. The focus of glass plate negatives is simply on the final photographic product: the positive print. Therefore this workshop is designed to make the negatives for the albumen printing workshop on the following day.

ABOUT ELLIE YOUNG:
Since 1994 Ellie has been practicing and studying the art craft and science, of ‘alternative’ photographic processes. Ellie conducts workshops in a number of alternative processes in her studios, and at times also teaches these processes in collages and institutes around Australia. Ellie constantly exhibits and sells her work nationally and internationally.

WHAT TO BRING
4 x 5 camera – lens, dark cloth and shutter release – or you can borrow a camera for the day.
Darkslides to hold the plates will be provided.

Limited to 2 students

All other materials including lunch is supplied: – bring an apron or lab coat or old comfortable clothing other materials including lunch is supplied, – wear old comfortable clothing