The Imperfect Tintype

Tuesday, November 14, 2017Friday, November 17, 2017
All day
, George Eastman Museum
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Tuition: $700/600 for members, $90 materials fee

Do you love the flaws you see in many contemporary tintypes and wish you could make images with those unique markings? For some, these distressed tintypes follow the Japanese wabi-sabi concept of accepting imperfection, impermanence, and incompleteness.

For years, the George Eastman Museum has been the leader in teaching how to make perfect tintypes with a high degree of craft. But teaching the techniques for avoiding the chemical and procedural pitfalls allows us to go the opposite direction as well—it’s all about understanding the process.

In this workshop—offered for the first time—faculty will teach how to make “clean” tintype imagery before demonstrating various ways of manipulating the physical handling and chemicals to produce a wide range of textures and effects. Instead of simply making mistakes because of poor understanding of the process, you will learn the concepts and techniques that will enable you to make tintypes any way that expresses to your artistic vision.

Each participant will receive a copy of the updated Scully & Osterman basic collodion manual, which includes all formulas, instruction, and sources of supply. A special supplement with instructions for chemical and procedural image distressing will also be included.

Audience: Limited to six, this four-day workshop is specifically designed for artists, art or commercial photographers, students, teachers, and others looking to make distressed-image tintypes. No experience necessary.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop 30 days before the session start date will receive a refund minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 30 days before a workshop start date. If the workshop is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class will be fully refunded. The George Eastman Museum is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees.

Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The workshop is held at the George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY. Directions can be found here.

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop; participants must make their own arrangements. The host hotel for workshops held at the George Eastman Museum is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, This hotel is about a fifteen-minute walk from the museum. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. Room rates begin at $119 per night. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 559-8039. When calling to make a reservation, please mention you are taking a workshop at the George Eastman Museum to get this special rate.

During the workshop, the museum may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes.

Event Details

Tuesday, November 14, 2017Friday, November 17, 2017

All day
George Eastman Museum
$790 members
$890 nonmembers