Mark and France at Lacock Abbey (July, 2011)

Mark Osterman is Photographic Process Historian at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY. He teaches the technical evolution of photography from Niepce heliographs to making gelatin emulsions.

As an artist, his series, "Confidence," based on a traveling medicine show he performed for twenty years, received high praise in Photo Review, After Image and Zoom magazines.

Mark's most recent writings on the subject of early photographic processes include the 19th century chapter for the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography . He began research in historic photographic processes while attending the Kansas City Art Institute in the 1970s.


France Scully Osterman is an artist-educator, and lecturer at Scully & Osterman Studio and guest scholar at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, both in Rochester, NY.

She has received glowing reviews of her "Sleep" exhibit in Art in America, Paris Photo Magazine and the Village Voice.  

France is recognized for her extensive knowledge of early photographic processes including photogenic drawings, wet-plate and dry-plate collodion, albumen and salt print methods.

She gives lectures and workshops at museums and universities and teaches in their 19th century skylight studio.

Mark & France established Scully & Osterman in 1991
. They give lectures, demonstrations and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Europe. They led the first collodion workshops in the US in 1995, and in Europe beginning in 1998. Together they published the quarterly publication, The Collodion Journal from 1995 to 2002; and began publishing their collodion manual in 1995. In addition, they were the first to exhibit fine art using the collodion process (prints from collodion negatives) beginning in the early 1990s.

Their work has been featured in Photography's Antiquarian Avant-Garde, The New Wave in Old Process Photography by Lyle Rexer, Coming into Focus by John Barnier, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James (both editions), Le Vocabulaire Technique de la Photographie by Anne Cartier-Bresson (2008), and the third edition of Photographic Possibilities, by Robert Hirsch (2008).

Their images are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston; The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; George Eastman House International Museum of Photography; Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas; The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca; the Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA and numerous private collections.

They are both represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC and Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.

Scully & Osterman have given demonstrations, workshops and lectures for museums, universities, educational
and historical societies since the early 1990s. Here is a partial list:

Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, Lacock, England
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Harry Ransom Center, U of Texas, Austin, TX
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Centro de Estudos em Fotografia da Golega, Golega, Portugal
F295 Symposium, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA
Alchemy Studios, Phoenix, AZ
Anderson Ranch, Snow Mass, CO
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Art New England, Bennington, VT
Minnie Weisz Studio, London, UK

Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN
University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
Tokushima University, Tokushima, Japan
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Maison Niepce, St. Loup de Varennes, France
Photographer's Formulary, Condon, Montana
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Century Darkroom, Toronto, Canada
National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
Segura Publishing, Mesa, AZ
Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA
Princeton Arts Council, Princeton, NJ
Eckley Miners Museum, Scranton, PA
Eastfield Village, Nassau, NY
Historic Richmondtown, Staten Island, NY
Fleetwood Museum, N. Plainfield, NJ
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, Germany
Fachhochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin, Germany
Escuela Nacional de Conervación, Restauración y Museografia, Mexico City

Nat'l Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
New England School of Photography, Boston, MA
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD
Diputacion Provincial de Huesca, Huesca, Spain


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updated September 2011