Wednesday and Thursday 23rd and 24th of May

by: Luther Gerlach

(in English)

Since our first workshop with Quinn Jacobson in 2013 we have tried every year to offer a workshop with some of the great masters in this incomparable technique. This is a new opportunity to learn from one of the greats, Luther Gerlach, who has been working on historical photographic processes and technologies for the past 30 years and has given over 200 lectures and demonstrations at the J Paul Getty Center.

The Workshop

This is a 2-day workshop in the 1850’s wet plate collodion process. Students will be making unique images on glass known as ambrotypes. Luther Gerlach, an artist and educator in historical photographic processes, will provide individual attention as students set up their shots and process their images. Extensive knowledge is not required, but a basic working knowledge of equipment and practice is strongly recommended. Trouble-shooting and solving everyday problems that occur with this fussy process will be a major emphasis of this course.


The first day will feature a demonstration of Gerlach’s workflow using his 12×20” camera. Students are encouraged to bring a selection of their own work to share and introduce themselves to the class, as well as inform the instructor about their individual goals for the workshop. Gerlach will guide students through chemistry making, glass cleaning, and processing images. Day 2 will begin with assessing the images made the day before, and refining and correcting issues as Gerlach oversees the production of plates. The workshop will wrap up with varnishing plates, and a brief Q & A as students share their work with the class.


Schedule: from 10-2 pm and 4-8 pm
Date: Wednesday and Thursday 23rd and 24th of May 2018
Place: Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya
Escola Industrial, Carrer Comte d’Urgell, 187, 08036 Barcelona
934 94 11 27

Price: Reduced price until 1st of May: 390 €. Standard Price: 435 €
Material included

Wet Plate Collodion Workshop