Join us for this intense 2 day course as we dive into the magic of the collodion process!

You will learn the process to create these one of a kind images both in the field and the 19th century darkroom. Chemistry, exposure, and field techniques will all be covered in this intense and exciting class. While working with our resident photo historian, Brenton Hamilton, you will create collodion works on both tin and glass. In our Alternative Processes lab you will learn how to develop your plates by hand, varnish and hand tint them creating beautiful and timeless finished works.

Lunch each day is included. Lodging is available on campus $75/night, private room & bath.

Image credit: Celia Boltansky


Brenton Hamilton

Brenton Hamilton holds his MFA in photography, earned in 1992, from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is the Chair of the Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling program at Maine Media College.

His teaching specialties include, B&W Craft,  Historic Processes, and the History of Photography at Maine Media College. Brenton is an enthusiastic workshop leader exhibiting special care and interest in the teaching process and for his students.

Brenton’s own work is inspired by the 19th century and has become a principal area of research and inspiration both as a historian and a printmaker. Devoted to the cyanotype, Brenton’s embellished images are exhibited nationally and are held in the permanent collections at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine and the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine. Current projects include publishing OBSCURA, a quarterly magazine devoted to contemporary issues and on going studio work.  Brenton's work is represented by TILT Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona and in Maine at Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland.  In January, 2017 The University of Maine Museum of Art installed a mid-career retrospective of his decades of practice.

Course Dates

Apr 28 to Apr 29



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