Collodion Tintype: 35mm to large format – P1231-18

Date: Aug 20 - 24, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): France Scully Osterman & Benjamin Timpson

Tuition: $1,155
Studio Fee: $175
Registration Fee: $45


Take your photography back in time while adding a fun and creative aspect to your modern practice when you discover the tintype in this unique workshop. We explore making wet-plate collodion tintypes with a variety of formats, including gems made with 35mm cameras, bon tons in brownie cameras, 5x7s using a 19th-century portrait camera, and even creating tintypes without a camera by using images from your smart phone/digital camera and the enlarger. We also employ the enlarger to make tintypes from magic lantern slides and botanicals. Whether new to the process or honing basic skills, this workshop is a great fit for anyone interested in early hand-crafted photography.

Media & Techniques:

We coat metal plates with collodion, exploring sensitizing, exposure, several methods of development, fixing and varnishing. We also cover tinting and special burnishing techniques, mixing chemicals and troubleshooting. We emphasize special attention to selecting subject matter and using natural lighting. Basic Collodion Technique: Ambrotype and Tintype by Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman is included.


The week consists of a combination of how-to demonstrations, the creation of images and ample studio time.


France Scully Osterman is an artist-educator and lecturer at Scully & Osterman Studio and guest scholar at George Eastman Museum, Rochester, N.Y. Her work has been featured in Art in America, Paris Photo Magazine and The Village Voice. France is represented by Howard Greenberg, NYC and Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Benjamin Timpson received his M.F.A. from Indiana University and is the Studio Coordinator of Photography & New Media at Anderson Ranch.

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