Sat 26 Mar 2022 - Sat 26 Mar 2022


10:00 - 16:00



In this sought-after workshop, you will be introduced to the wet-plate collodion process, the most notable photographic process of the mid-late Nineteenth century. Invented in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer, the wet-plate collodion process almost immediately replaced the common methods at the time – the daguerreotype and the calotype. It was a flexible form, one that was able to produce images with pinpoint clarity and yet allow the duplication of positives upon many mediums.

On this workshop you will acquaint yourself with a concise understanding of wet-plate collodion photography. We will go through the following:

– An introduction to the process, of the chemicals involved and the method of creating a plate. It is important to understand why the chemicals act the way they do and how to remedy the common ailments that may appear during the start of a new adventure in collodion photography. We will also revise the handling of the chemicals as some of them are hazardous, darkroom safety is a must!

– Each participant will make their own positive plates (on tin or glass) in the studio and darkroom. You will be guided through the entire process from preparing the plate and to the very end with the varnishing of the finished photograph. Hopefully, you will have some agreeable plates with which to take home at the end of the day.

– You will also be provided with sources from which to continue your beginnings into wet-plate collodion photography should you wish to do so after the workshop.

All materials and safety equipment will be provided for. It is a very hands-on process and incredibly tactile, I recommend wearing clothing that you would not mind being stained (just in case) as accidents can and do happen. Simply bring yourself, a notepad and no small amount of patience!

Participants will be immersed fully in the collodion process and be hands-on from start to finish – leaving with several completed wet-plate photographs of their own.

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Jim Grainger

Jim Grainger is a practicing photographer, based in the Midlands, specialising in the wet-plate collodion process.


Instagram: @jimgrainger

Who is the Workshop for?

This workshop is for participants who have some basic, existing knowledge of analogue photography processes and are curious to explore new methods. Throughout the day, participants will be working with hazardous materials and therefore this can be an intensive skill to learn.

Do I Need to Bring Anything?

Students are not required to bring anything. The Art House will provide everything needed for this workshop - all materials are included within the fee.

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Terms and Conditions

Students are encouraged to wear face coverings when moving around The Art House building. Hand sanitiser will be provided and surfaces and equipment are regularly cleaned. Windows will be kept open where possible. If you have any concerns or specific requirements regarding attending a course please feel free to get in touch with us by emailing