February 15 – 19, 2016

Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman

In this five-day workshop, sessions will include preparing 8x10″ dry collodion glass plate negatives in the comfort of an air-conditioned darkroom in Mérida and shooting at Mayan ruins in the region. This rare mid-nineteenth-century negative process allows the preparation of plates months in advance of shooting and does not require a portable darkroom as is needed with the wet collodion process.

All participants will shoot their own 8x10″ negative plates on the grounds of the ancient Mayan ruins at Dzibilchaltún and Uxmal, following the steps of nineteenth-century collodion photographer Désiré Charnay. This workshop also includes making salted paper print proofs from selected negatives created during the workshop.

Audience: Limited to six, this workshop is for the modern adventurer who wants to experience working with a large camera in unusual locations. No experience necessary.

Tuition: $2,000, plus $200 materials fee

Note: Price of this workshop is for tuition and materials only. It does not include travel, lodging, or meals. Lodging will be in Mérida, Yucatán.

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Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman established Scully & Osterman in 1991. Through extensive primary research and practical application, the Ostermans have evolved as historians and modern masters of a wide variety of historic (alternative) photography, most notably, the wet-plate collodion process.

The current artistic revival of collodion photography is a direct result of their influence. They were the leaders in exhibiting and publishing their work as artists in the early 1990s, openly sharing their knowledge through lectures, publications, workshops and tutorials. Photograph conservators, collectors, museum curators and the most advanced collodion photographers turn to the Ostermans when they have collodion-related questions.

Located in Rochester, NY, Mark Osterman is Photographic Process Historian at George Eastman Museum. Mark's unique series of workshops chronicling the evolution of photography are now open to the public. These workshops tap the extensive resources of the Eastman Museum collection, including period publications, inspection of vintage masterworks and equipment from the archives.

France Scully Osterman is an artist and educator. She and works and teaches in their skylight studio, and gives lectures and workshops at universities and museums in the U.S. and internationally.

The Ostermans are both represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC and Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.

Some of the photographic processes we research and use:

- heliographs - physautotypes - daguerreotypes - calotypes - bayard direct positives - albumen-on-glass negatives & lantern slides - ambrotypes & tintypes - wet-plate collodion negatives, dry-plate collodion negatives, preserved collodion negatives - gelatin glass negatives - photogenic drawings - salted paper prints - albumen prints - platinum and palladium prints - carbon - gum bichromate - collodion printing-out paper - gelatin chloride printing-out paper- gelatin developing-out paper- "whey" developing-out prints - solar enlargements...

Unless otherwise indicated, all images and text on this website are © Scully & Osterman, and may not be used without permission.

Updated Oct 2015