Wet Plate Portfolio Building with Lisa Elmaleh

This workshop is for any photographer wanting to explore wet plate collodion photography and create a new body of work in the process.
Upcoming Workshop
Thu
Mar 30
Price: $875

Members get up to 20% off

This 4-day workshop is held at DCP. Series runs March 30 from 6-8pm, and March 31 - April 2 from 10am - 6pm.

This intensive workshop dives into wet plate collodion, the leading process of photography in the 1850s and ’60s. More than an introductory course, this 4-day workshop is designed for new and experienced wet plate students and combines guided instruction, independent experimentation, and group review culminating in a collection of new work.

Over the long weekend, Lisa Elmaleh will teach students how to create glass negatives, tintypes and ambrotypes in camera, and begin to form their own collection of images utilizing this process. Students will learn the techniques of preparing the plate, pouring collodion, exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing, as well as chemical mixing and safety. After this initial instruction, students are invited to work on their own portfolio, with guidance, using the wet plate collodion process. Each student has the opportunity to work one-on-one with instructor Lisa Elmaleh on-location and in the darkroom. Images can be made indoors or outdoors, using your own large format camera or one of the limited number provided.

Basics of the collodion process will be covered, including:

  • Hand coating collodion plates: preparing the plate, cleaning glass, pouring collodion
  • Creating wet collodion images: exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing
  • Safely mixing the chemistry
  • Building a darkroom and modifying cameras for the process
  • Printing pre-existing imagery using an enlarger onto wet collodion plates

Experimentation will be strongly encouraged! Previous photography or darkroom experience is not required.

All supplies are provided including 4×5 metal plates and chemistry, as well as personal protective equipment including aprons, goggles, and non-latex gloves. Students are welcome to work with glass plates, however, they are not provided for this workshop. We have five Graflex Crown Graphic 4×5 cameras, available on a first come basis. Let us know when you register if you’d like to use one. If we have more than five requests, you may have to share a camera with another student. We’ll also have some lighting available.

Dallas Center for Photography is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.

  • Dates of the workshop: March 30 – April 2, 2023
  • Cost per person is $875
  • All DCP members receive a discount on class registration! Not a member? Join today!
  • The workshop is at Dallas Center for Photography – 4756 Algiers Street, Dallas, TX 75207.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 10. Minimum number to make a class is 5.
  • Parking is available in the DCP parking lot or along Algiers Street.
  • Please note: meals are not included in the cost of registration.

Schedule:

Thursday, March 30 from 6pm – 8pm
Evening orientation session including an introduction to the history of wet plate, an overview of class materials, and a presentation of Lisa’s practice and current projects. At the conclusion of class, students are invited to join Lisa and DCP staff for a casual social hour at a nearby brewery.

Friday, March 31 from 10am – 6pm
Introduction to wet plate followed by supported and independent shooting with opportunities to work one-on-one with Lisa.

Saturday, April 1 from 10am – 6pm
Supported and independent shooting with opportunities to work one-on-one with Lisa.

Sunday, April 2 from 10am – 6pm
Final session of supported and independent shooting with time to review your images and receive feedback from Lisa and your peers.

Supplies:

All supplies are provided including 4×5 metal plates and chemistry, as well as personal protective equipment including aprons, goggles, and non-latex gloves. Students are welcome to work with glass plates, however, they are not provided for this workshop. We have five Graflex Crown Graphic 4×5 cameras, available on a first come basis. Let us know when you register if you’d like to use one. If we have more than five requests, you may have to share a camera with another student. We’ll also have some lighting available.

This workshop has special terms and conditions that supplement and/or replace the general terms found elsewhere on the DCP website.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES
We must have a minimum of 6 participants by March 23 for the workshop to make.

CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS
If you cancel more than 31 days before the workshop begins, we’ll refund any payments minus a $100 processing fee. If you cancel between 22 to 31 days before the start date of the workshop, we will refund any payments received to date minus a $200 cancellation penalty. If you cancel less than 21 days before the start date of the workshop, you will forfeit 100% of the total workshop fee. If you can’t attend, you are welcome to send someone in your place.

Dallas Center for Photography reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time for low enrollment or for other reasons and will promptly refund all payments made to date. In the event of a workshop cancellation, DCP is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets, hotel reservations and other travel arrangements.

Lisa Elmaleh

Lisa Elmaleh’s work is a photographic exploration of rural America. Elmaleh is an analog photographer living in Paw Paw, West Virginia.  She is a traveling educator, often teaching wet plate collodion workshops out of the back of her truck for various workshops across America. Elmaleh’s Everglades work was published as a monograph (Everglades) in 2016.

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