Wet plate collodion is a historical technique that uses large format camera and photographic darkroom- the result of the process is a singular glass plate image created during a couple of seconds exposure, gradually appearing while developed under darkroom red light.
During this drop in session I will be using large format camera and portable darkroom to create your very own and handcrafted portraits on the glass plate. I will introduce you in short to the history of this unique process and will ask you to sit in front of my 8x10' camera that will take you back to the early days of photography. You will end up with 2 glass plates photographs that can make an amazing and unique Christmas gift!
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, Magda Kuca Alternative Photography
Polish photographer currently based in London utilizing historical photographic technique of wet plate collodion. Her works has been subject of several solo and group exhibition around the world. As an educator, leading alternative and historical photographic techniques workshops. Collaborated with various acclaimed art institutions and galleries, such as British Museum, University of Arts London and more.
The idea of alternative workshops is to bring to the wider public -adults, children, seniors- range of workshops which aim to raise awareness about very beginnings of photography and encourage experimenting with them in most creative way. Whether experienced or not, workshops are tailored for various kinds of audience, from small groups to community engagement projects. My journey with historical processes began in 2013 and since then through experience in both education and hands on photography assignments I gained excellent skill set which includes range of photographic techniques: more experimental and complex such as wet plate collodion photographic glass plate process invented in 1856, gum bichromate, salt print, as well as those bacis and simple to use like cyanotype, anthotype or pinhole photography. For last few years I have taken part in several festivals, larger community projects and private events internationally, providing participants with a great deal of knowledge, experience and entertainment.
In the past I have collaborate with various art institutions and galleries across London, including University of Arts London, British Museum, Four Corners Gallery, providing all sorts of unique, historical for local communities and participants of all levels of experience: adults, seniors, children and people with learning disabilities.
You can come alone or in pairs ( for the same price) to have collodion portrait taken. The glass plate, such as painting, needs to be varnished after its done- you might be able to take it home carefully for further drying or you can request to have in posted.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.