Our Erie Canal tintype excursion

Posted by on Aug 16 2013 | Photography

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Erie Canal Excursion

Posted by on May 16 2013 | Photography

via guest contributor, Chris Holmquist
Photographic Process Research Apprentice

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The Philadelphia Photographic Exchange Club 19th century canal excursion, lantern slide from the Scully & Osterman archives

In a few weeks, George Eastman House Process Historian, Mark Osterman and team will lead a photography workshop unlike any other; a tintype excursion along the historic Erie Canal.

For three days we will float down the waterway in an authentic canal boat; navigating the step locks, staying overnight in a bed & breakfast and most importantly, stopping along the way to make authentic large-format tintypes on location, using a portable darkroom.

This excursion is modeled after similar trips that took place in the 1860’s by members of the Philadelphia Photograph Exchange Club. Groups like this consisted mostly of  ‘gentleman scholars’; men with the benefit of free time, the resources needed to pursue such an involved hobby and an aptitude to make legitimate contributions to an ever evolving science. Outings like a canal trip were an excellent opportunity for amateur photographers to share their techniques, enjoy the surroundings and generally celebrate the wonderful process of making images in a camera.

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The Philadelphia Photographic Exchange Club

In that period it was “mule teams”on shore that pulled the canal boats along, and although we will be taking advantage of the internal combustion engine, it’s in the same spirit that we set out to explore the Erie Canal in the first week of June. It’s a rare treat to learn the wet collodion technique from one of the world’s leading authorities, while also getting a chance to forget the modern world for a few days and relive a piece of photography’s past.

UPDATE: The workshop sold out over the weekend, but if interested, please take a look at the rest of our workshops through 2013.

If this sounds like a fantastic opportunity, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s one open spot remaining in our roster! 

 

 

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What a Night, George Eastman House Gala 2012

Posted by on Nov 27 2012 | Photography

Last night was an incredible evening of light & motion in New York City.  We celebrated our honorees, and proudly introduced our new director. A big thanks to all that helped make the gala possible, we could not have done it without you. We’d like to extend congratulations to each of our honorees.

We premiered this short during the gala which explains, educates and encourages those to remember: Who We Are.
 

 

 

 

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Photographic Process 6.0: The Gelatin Silver Print

Posted by on Aug 02 2012 | Exhibitions, History, Photography

In the final part of our photo process series we’re looking at the Gelatin Silver Print. We’re exploring the invention of the process and talking with our curators and historians, who help us put these processes into historical and cultural contexts.

The Gelatin Silver Print process allowed to make black and white images, and is responsible for all the black and white movies, and color photography.

Watch the entire photo process series.

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Photographic Process 4.0: The Woodburytype

Posted by on Jun 27 2012 | Other, Photography

In part 4.0 of our photo process series we’re looking at the Woodburytype. We’re exploring the invention of the process and talking with our curators and historians, who help us put these processes into historical and cultural contexts.

The Woodyburytype process was invented in 1864 by Walter Woodbury – a photo mechanical process that combines photography and the press producing a continuous tone image.

Up next The Platinum Print, and The Gelatin Silver Print.

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