Wet Plate Collodion Photography
Generally referred to as the collodion process, wet plate collodion is an early photographic process, invented by Frederic Scott Archer. It was introduced in the 1850s and by the end of that decade it had almost entirely replaced the first practical photographic process, the daguerreotype. Collodion photography produces three different image types: The ambrotype (a positive image on glass), the tintype or ferrotype (a positive image on an aluminum sheet), and a glass negative.
Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 & Sunday, March 4
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Use one of the earliest forms of photography to create tintypes, which are direct positives printed on an aluminum sheet using large format cameras. Learn the basics of this 19th-century process including how to pour and sensitize collodion, properly expose and develop plates, and apply a protective varnish. Plan to walk away with two to three finished pieces.
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
1812 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Rates & Services
In the tradition of the nomadic tintype photographers of the19th century, Michael operates out of a mobile photography studio that specializes in wet-plate collodion photography.
Private collodion sessions are available for individual or family portraiture, events, formal wedding portraits, engagements and maternity.
For pricing and all other inquiries please feel free to contact Michael.
Tintype & Ambrotype Sizes:
• 3.25″ x 4.25″
• 4.25″ x 5.5”
• 5” x 7”
• High Resolution Images
• Digital Enlargements
• Digital Prints (up to 13″ x 19″)
Private Shooting Session:
• Full-Day session (6 hours)
• Half-Day session (3 hours)