Wet Plate Collodion

Wet Plate Collodion

Saturday, January 30, 2016,
10:00AM to 5:00PM
$ 180.00 CAD
$ 160.00 CAD

Travel back to the mid-1800s and experience the historical process of the tintype and ambrotypes

This is an intensive, hands-on workshop that is designed so you will leave with a solid understanding of the process, enabling you to continue when you try it again on your own. In this workshop you will learn to make tintypes, ambrotypes, or glass negatives (all three can be done if desired). Along with learning how to pour, expose and develop your plates, you will also learn how to mix the necessary chemical formulas safely and properly.

Participants will work in the darkroom, ultimately creating images of their own, in addition to hearing a brief introduction to the history of the wet-plate process and its importance in the timetable of photography.

Darkroom experience is preferred. Bring slides if you have them (negatives do not work for this process). The enlarger will become our camera.


Rob Norton is a Toronto-based artist/photographer whose personal creative work embraces several art disciplines, from film and video to collage and painting. Currently, Rob is the Historical Process instructor for the Image Arts Program at Ryerson University.