Ambrotype and Tintype workshops with Ellie Young

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Ellie Young takes a break from her busy schedule at Gold Street Studios in Victoria to present some very special workshops in Ambrotype and Tintype processes.

Since 1994 Ellie has been practicing and studying the art craft and science, of ‘alternative’ photographic processes. Ellie conducts workshops in a number of alternative processes in her studios, and at times also teaches these processes in collages and institutes around Australia. Ellie constantly exhibits and sells her work nationally and internationally.

TINTYPE WORKSHOP TUESDAY 21st JUNE

ElliehorseAbout Tintypes

Tintypes or ferrotypes are positive images created by a wet plate process. The black “tin” plate is coated with collodion, exposed in a large format camera and processed in a darkroom before the plate is dry.

History of Tintypes

The tintype was also know as the ferrotype and melainotypes became popular in the 1850’s as a cheaper and faster version of the daguerreotype. This wet emulsion was replaced with dry plates by the 1880’s.

About the workshop:

The day involves understanding coating – exposing and processes the plates. The chemicals use are volatile so it is not for those who have concerns about handling chemicals. The workshop includes chemical handling and safety issues.

What to bring:

4 x 5 camera including lens, dark cloth and shutter release. Special darkslides to hold the glass plates will be provided. Bring an apron or lab coat or old comfortable clothing. Lunch will be provided.

CLASS MAXIMUM 3

COST: $400 per person. BYO camera. Camera available for hire by request.

AMBROTYPE WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY 22nd JUNE

EllieteapotAbout Ambrotypes

Ambrotypes are under exposed negatives that appear as positive photograph. The black or clear glass plate is coated with collodion with added salts, light sensitivity is created by “dipping” coated plate into silver nitrate bath. The plate is exposed in camera and processed in a darkroom before the plate is dry. Each photograph is unique – “one off”. When protected with varnish they have an enduring life.

History of Ambrotypes

The ambrotype was discovered in 1850 – 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer. also well know as the and melainotypes became popular in the 1850’s as a cheaper version of the daguerreotype. This wet emulsion was replaced with dry plates by the 1880’s.

About the workshop:

The day involves understanding coating – exposing and processes the glass plates. The chemicals used are volatile so it is not for those who have concerns about handling chemicals. Material handling safety issues are included as part of the workshop.

What to bring:

4 x 5 camera including lens, dark cloth and shutter release. Special darkslides to hold the glass plates will be provided. Bring an apron or lab coat or old comfortable clothing. Lunch will be provided.

CLASS MAXIMUM 3

COST: $400 per person. BYO camera. Camera available for hire by request.