The wet plate collodion process has undergone a revival over the past few decades, and artists such as Sally Mann and Jill Enfield are largely to thank for bringing this amazing process back to life.
We are very happy to announce that one of America's most experienced and respected artists in the field of alternative process, Jill Enfield, will be coming to Trondheim, Norway in 2011 to teach a workshop in wet plate collodion process.
The collodion process, which is said to have been invented in about 1850, was the first widely used photographic process that produced a negative image on a transparent photographic medium. Other methods of the time, such as the Daguerreotype, produced a one-of-a-kind positive image, which could not be replicated easily. With the collodion process, however, the photographer could make an unlimited number of prints from a single negative. In addition to the convenience of creating negatives, the collodion process had numerous other advantages. It was an inexpensive process, especially in comparison with the daguerreotype. The polishing equipment and fuming equipment needed for the daguerreotype could be dispensed with entirely. The support for the images was glass, which was far less expensive than silver-plated copper, and was more consistent than paper for paper negatives. It was also fast for the time, requiring only seconds for exposure.
Back to 2011 and our workshop: Jill will teach us how to make ambrotypes and tintypes using the 1860's wet collodion technique. The process involves the hand-pouring of chemicals onto glass to produce positives or negatives or aluminum for tintypes (positives) while the plates are still wet. The workshop will cover the basics from cutting the glass/aluminum to finishing the plates and learning how to mix and handle the chemicals safely.
We will start the workshop by creating our portable darkroom, which we will use shooting landscapes as well as still-life around the city of Trondheim. The workshop is held at FOTOIMPORT AS, where we will make us of their class- rom and darkroom. Students should bring their own antique camera, f.e a Brownie Camera, or large format camera. A god resource for antique cameras are e-bay.
Jill Enfield, one of Americas most experienced and respected handcoloring artists, is a fine art, editorial and commercial photographer. Jill has taught handcoloring and non-silver techniques at Parsons School of Design, The New School, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York University, Long Island University and the International Center of Photography in New York, as well as in workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Jill’s more recent emphasis has been on the wet plate collodion process, originally used by Matthew Brady during the Civil War.
Her work is in the collections of The Amon Carter Museum, RJ Reynolds Co., Southeast Banking Corp., Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín in Colombia, The Boca Raton Museum of Art and Hotel Parisi in La Jolla, among others.
Jill's commercial clients include Fortune Magazine, Kodak, Hasselblad, Nikon, Penguin Putnam, Incorporated, St. Martin's Press, LIFE, Vassarette Lingerie, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, American Heritage Magazine, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Woman's Day Magazine and many others.
Her personal work has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, Camera Arts, PDN, Hasselblad's FORUM Magazine, Nikon World, Camera & Darkroom Techniques, Archive Books, Step by Step, Shutterbug, Popular Photography, Digital Camera and ZOOM. Jill's book on non-silver techniques titled Photo Imaging: A Complete Guide to Alternative Processes was published by Watson-Guptill in November 2002 and won the Golden Light Award for Best Technical Book of 2002 through the Maine Photographic Workshop.
Jill’s work has been featured in over thirty shows during her career, including an exhibition at The Vivienne Esders Gallery in Paris. Jill had two one-woman shows in 2003; a lecture at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York followed by an opening at Artisan Works Gallery in September 2003. In December 2003 her work was featured at the Light Factory in Charlotte, North Carolina. A workshop and lecture were included during the opening weekend. In 2006, one of Jill’s images was one of forty-two images selected from thousands in the Here is New York archive of New York City to commemorate the fifth anniversary of 9/11. The prints hung at Ground Zero in Manhattan for a year.
In January 2009, Jill was also given a solo show at Tilt Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona. In September of the same year, Jill’s wet collodion portraits of immigrants in New York City were supported by a faculty development grant awarded to Jill from The New School. The same body of work was the featured exhibition at Ellis Island, in tandem with the annual Black Tie Gala for the charity organization Upwardly Global, a support resource for placing professionals from other nations with appropriate career options in the United States. A podcast about the project can be heard by going to Jill's media page. Also in 2009, Jill’s handcoloring work became part of the traveling exhibition Four Visions in a Different Light, beginning in Fall 2009 and traveling through 2011.
Nikon has honored Jill by featuring her on their website as a "Legend Behind The Lens" photographer as well as in their Full-Line product guide and an upcoming issue of Nikon World. Jill has also appeared on The Today Show Weekend Edition, New York One and The CBS Saturday Morning Edition as a spokesperson for www.takegreatpictures.com
on several occasions.
Workshop tuition: NOK 8.700,-
+ material fee: NOK 1.200,- which will cover glass/ tin plates for negative/ positives and chemicals.
Deposit to be paid when signing up: NOK 3.000,-
Travel expenses and housing is each participants own responsibility.
There will be a maximum limit of 10 participants.
TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP
To sign up for this workshop use the shopping-cart (top right hand side on the page) or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to register is set to: May 16, 2011.
For the workshop to run we need a minimum of 8 participants. If we for some reason are not able to reach our minimum number, the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a full refund. The workshop will take place in Trondheim. If you are traveling here, we ask that you wait to book a ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number is reach. We recommend everyone who travels to get travel insurance.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy
Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have been accepted your participation is important to us - we are counting on you to attend. If you must withdraw from a class, we provide the following refund policy:
Withdraw more than 30 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus a administration fee of NOK 500,-
Withdraw one month or less before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus the deposit.