The tintype process (also known as ferrotype) was invented in 1853 and was one of the main photographic methods for almost 30 years. To make an image, a plate of tin is coated with a unique emulsion and exposed in a large format camera while still wet. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare, expose and develop each image – a sort of 19th century polaroid if you like. In this workshop we will explore a brief history of the process, after which we will show you how to coat, expose and develop your own plates.
The Fox Darkroom is located in the Young Husband wool store in Kensington, built in 1901, and features many late 19th century architectural spaces and bluestone alley ways that help to give these images a proper antique feeling.
Because the wet plate collodion process is difficult to master, we cannot guarantee masterpieces. However, each participant will get at least one image, and we will cover the common issues people come across while making Tintypes and the best ways to avoid them.
Note: Please be aware that the wet plate collodion process does use potentially hazardous chemicals. Safety issues will be addressed, and protective items will be provided. While all due care will be taken, we must inform you that all participants attend this workshop ‘at own risk’ and will be required to sign a waiver releasing the Fox Darkroom and Gallery from any liability. Please wear old comfortable clothes and covered shoes. Participants are not required to handle any chemicals if they do not wish, and can request our staff to attend to the physical application of the process on their behalf.
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
What you will learn
- Learn how to use a beautiful large format view camera.
- Explore the alleyways and hidden spaces of industrial Kensington.
What you will get
- One-on-one guidance from a professional photographer.
- Access to a warm and inspiring learning environment. We believe everybody is capable of creating beautiful photographs, we will help you achieve this.
- Walk away with your own tintype image.
- Post workshop a comprehensive PDF document will be sent to participants outlining what we covered on the day and how they can continue to practice techniques at home.
- Tea, coffee and snacks provided on arrival and throughout the day.
- A complimentary gift from your favourite darkroom.
What to wear
- Old comfortable clothes.
- An old apron or lab coat if you have one.
- Protective shoes.
We welcome everyone from beginners to seasoned artists who want to broaden their skills.