Wet Plate in the Field, West Virginia with Lisa Elmaleh - August 19-21, 2019

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Wet Plate in the Field, West Virginia with Lisa Elmaleh - August 19-21, 2019

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Wet Plate in the Field

Any changes to the program will be announced online.
36 E. 30th St. New York, NY, 10016
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Image © Lisa Elmaleh


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"I had a great time at the workshop! I feel like this has re-energized my enthusiasm for photography, which has been in steady decline for 10+ years. Being in West Virginia was really part of the experience for me, and I hope I can go back someday for another class." - Eric Bullock, July 2015


Lisa's Cabin
Paw Paw, WV

August 19-21

Wet plate collodion was the leading method of photography during the 1850’s and 1860’s.  The wet plate process is most commonly known in its three forms – tintypes (positives on tin), ambrotypes (positives on glass), and glass negatives (negatives on glass).  In this workshop, Lisa will teach students how to create glass negatives, tintypes and ambrotypes in camera.

Open to all students beginner - advanced.
This workshop provides a unique opportunity to apply your skill set to an outdoor setting.  It is a good opportunity for students who would like to learn the wet plate collodion process using natural light, and students who would like to build their own darkrooms, and shoot in the field.  Students will learn how to hand coat their own plates, create and expose images using the sun, developing, fixing and varnishing. Students also learn proper handling, safety, and mixing of chemistry for the process, how to build their own darkroom and modify a camera.

Students will need to provide their own transportation, food, tents, and sleeping bags. Accommodations are available nearby for those who do not want to camp. One small tent is available for workshop participant use on a first come, first served basis.

If camping outdoors is not for you - a list of nearby hotels:
-Avalon Resort
-WrenWood Inn

Workshop participants will be using 4x5” graflex cameras. The cameras, chemicals and materials will be supplied. This is a camping workshop, attendees should should take this into consideration when preparing (tents, sleeping bags, food, etc). For more information, you are welcome to contact the instructor at lisaelmaleh@gmail.com.


LISA ELMALEH's work is a photographic exploration of rural America. Elmaleh is an analog photographer living in Paw Paw, West Virginia.  Elmaleh’s Everglades work was published as a monograph (Everglades) in 2016. She has been awarded the Aaron Siskind Foundation IPF Grant, PDN’s 30, the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, the Tierney Fellowship, and The Everglades National Park Artist Residency. Elmaleh has photographed Smithsonian Magazine, Harper's Magazine, and The Oxford American, among others.  Her work has also been published in The New York Times, CNN, and National Geographic.  She teaches at the Penumbra Foundation in New York City. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Elmaleh’s work is in the collection of the Norton Museum, the Ogden Museum, and other private collections worldwide. lisaelmaleh.com

Feature Image © Lisa Elmaleh
Workshop photos from May 2015 courtesy of Kathryn Obermaier