May 7 – 9, 2015
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Wet plate collodion—one of the earliest photographic processes—has been experiencing a resurgence of interest in recent years. This resurgence is partly due to the decreasing availability of traditional photographic materials and a reaction to the machine-made, mass-produced aspects of digital photography, but primarily because of the beauty and uniqueness of the images it creates. Participants will learn how to incorporate this process in their own photography though a discussions, shooting sessions, and darkroom time.
In this workshop we will primarily work on producing wet plate positive images, ambrotypes and tintypes, as well as creating wet plate negatives.
You will learn:
- Preparation and safe handling of the chemicals used in the process
- Cutting and preparation of glass for ambrotypes and negatives
- Adapting standard film holders for wet plate use
- Reading light and exposure
- Pouring collodion
- Development techniques
- Options for fixing
- Varnishing and presentation
As with most things hand-made, wet plate collodion is best learned by doing and there will be plenty of hands-on time in this workshop. Cameras and lenses will be provided, but you may also bring your own view camera. Wet plate holders will be available that will fit standard view camera backs. Be aware that chemicals will likely drip onto your camera and leave permanent stains.
Kerik will also be teaching a Platinum/Palladium, Gum Bichromate & Digital Negative Workshop August 23 – 26, 2015, and Advanced Platinum/Palladium Printing September 18 20, 2015.
For questions or to register, call: 415.388.3569
Instructor Bio: Kerik Kouklis is a fine art photographer who specializes in the handmade photograph.
Born and raised in California with a background in music and geology, Kerik combines a contemporary eye with 19th-century processes to produce work that is uniquely his own. He is known as a skilled practitioner and teacher of the platinum/palladium process and the combined gum-platinum process. He has been working with these processes since 1990, and has been teaching workshops since 1997—both in his home studio and at various locations around the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
In 2004 Kerik began working with the wet plate collodion process, which brought a new series of portraits and still-life images into his portfolio. These one-of-a-kind images are made either on glass or aluminum. Enlarged digital negatives are made from the original plates and a limited edition of 15 handmade gum-platinum prints is offered in addition to the original plates. Kerik’s prints are held in private and corporate collections in North America and Europe, as well as Houston’s Museum of Fine Art, and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in Newcastle, PA.