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Wet-plate and Platinotypes

2 WEEKS: July 15-28

WEEK 1: July 15-21
WEE 2: July 22-28

Robert Clarke Davis and Jaclyn Silverman
PHOTO 609 001, 3 credit hours, 2 weeks
Lab Fee $300
PHOTO 610 001, 1 credit hour, 1 week
Lab Fee $150
PHOTO 610 002, 1 credit hour,1 week
Lab Fee $150

Using the historic, time-honored wet-plate collodion and platinotype processes students will move between the studio, community, and natural environment at Ox-Bow to create images and photographic objects. These courses can be taken sequentially for two weeks or individually for one week. The first week will focus on wet-plate collodion; students will explore the fundamentals of large format photography using analog view cameras to create glass-plate negatives in the field. Mobile, onsite darkrooms will allow instant gauging in progress and results. Glass plates can stand alone as photographic objects, or be reproduced in photographic printing. During week two students will work with platinotype printing, one of the most stable photographic processes. Students will use the traditional iron-based developing-out process of platinum palladium. Using digital cameras and laptops to capture images, they will digitally print negatives to be used in this unique tactile process. Those who participate in wet-plate collodion will be able to print directly from their glass plate negatives.


- Jaclyn Silverman -

  Jaclyn Silverman   Abby and Grace,  2017 ambrotype

Jaclyn Silverman
Abby and Grace, 2017

Jaclyn Silverman is a photographer from Youngstown, Ohio, living in Chicago, Illinois. She received her BFA in Photography from The Ohio State University, and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her photographic work and research has been exhibited in Columbus, Ohio, Youngstown, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, and Boulder, Colorado, and collected by the Ohio State University, The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Silverman has been a Visiting Lecturer at The Ohio State University and Part-time Professor at Dominican University. She is currently a Teaching Artist at the Marwen Institute in Chicago, Illinois and a returning faculty to Ox-Bow School of Art.

- Robert Clarke-Davis -

  woody point,  2005 platinotype

woody point, 2005

Robert Clarke-Davis has served as an Associate Professor in Photography at SAIC since 1990. He earned his BA from Beloit College and an MA at the University of London, Goldsmiths’ College, School of Art and Design. His work has exhibited at Cleveland Museum of Art; Milwaukee Art Museum; Wuk Kunsthalle, Vienna; and Magyar Fotogr’fiai M’zeum Kesckem’t, Hungary. His work is held in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art; Fine Arts Library, Indiana University, IN; Impressions Gallery, North Yorkshire; The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is represented by James Baird Gallery.

Earlier Event: July 15
Generative Forms
Later Event: July 22
Lithography: Photolithography