Saturday, November 16, 2019, 3–7 pm
Working with a large format camera, wet-plate photography, analogue photography, portrait, darkroom work.
Four-hour-session. At the beginning Uwe Behrendt will give a briefintroduction to the world of wet-plate-photography, the needed chemicals and the necessary accessories. The participants then have timeto go through the entire process with Mr. Behrendt, which includes using the large format plate camera, making a portrait and the darkroom work.
Please bring clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. All chemicals and materials are provided and included in the workshop fees.
Studio Uwe Behrendt
Eschersheimer Landstraße 355
60320 Frankfurt am Main
A treasure from the early days of photography
This studio workshop is the perfect introduction into the world of wet-plate photography, a procedure which was invented in 1851. It is directed towards those who would like to create portraiture also as a unique-one of a kind object. The finished photographic plate can be taken home after the workshop.
Technical knowledge is not a requirement for this workshop.
For this historical technique specialist Uwe Behrendt uses a large format mahogany bellows camera. Similar as in the beginning of photography coated glass plates are used. That contain collodion and a photosensitive silver nitrate layer which are directly exposed in the soluble wet state. Afterwards the exposed plate has to be directly developed and fixed in the darkroom.
The deceleration in the photographic process is one of the secrets of the process. The results are extremely expressive portraits. The coincidences that manifest themselves through this process make these works unrepeatable.
This studio session includes a thorough description of the photographic process. The wet-plates will be developed together with the course instructor. Each participant will be able to coat, expose and develop his own glass wet-plate in the format of 13 x 18cm.