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Masterclass: Making Tintypes with Cynthia Gemus


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Learn to use the beautiful and magical (and temperamental!) tintype process, one of the oldest photographic mediums. This course is a one-day workshop, where participants will learn how to pour, sensitise, expose, develop and varnish plates in a hands-on environment.

This masterclass is striclty limited to four participants

In this one day tintype workshop participants will learn the history and basic practice of the 19th Century tintype process. By the end of the day the participants will have gained knowledge on how to pour, sensitise, expose, develop and varnish plates in a hands-on environment.

Each participant will complete the day with several tintypes created by their own hands. Students will receive a detailed handbook containing all the information they need to go on making tintypes on their own (materials, chemicals, recipes, techniques, troubleshooting, suppliers etc.)

Please bring objects to photograph on the day. Anything that ranges from 10cm to 80cm; bring toys, plants, old cameras, or interesting looking bits and bobs that you might want to photograph.

Catered lunch will be provided on the day

If you have your own 4x5 camera please let us know and you can bring it along.

N.B. You will be required to wear protective clothing such as an apron, gloves and glasses (for some processes) and closed shoes. Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting stained.
Masterclass Prerequisites

A basic knowledge of photography is important, with some darkroom experience an advantage but by no means obligatory. We will be working with 4x5 cameras but experience of working with these cameras is not a necessity.
Required Materials:

Closed-toe shoes
Objects to photograph (see description)
If you own a 4x5 camera, let us know and bring it along
Pen and paper