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Wet-Plate and Platinotypes

  • Ox-Bow 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI, 49453 (map)

PHOTO 609 001, July 30-August 12, 2 weeks, 3 credit hours, Lab Fee $300

PHOTO 610 001, July 30-August 5, 1 week, 1 credit hour, Lab Fee $150

PHOTO 610 002, August 6-12, 1 week, 1 credit hour, 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.

Curzon Village, Bonne Bay, Newfoundland, platinotype, 2005

Curzon Village, Bonne Bay, Newfoundland, platinotype, 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. Publication: Pinhole Journal. 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. Awards include the Purchase Award, Impressions Gallery; Pouch Cove Foundation Visual Artists Residency Parks Canada/Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador Art in the Park Residency, Gros Morne NL. He is represented by James Baird Gallery.

Untitled from the Second series , color negative film scan, 2016

Untitled from the Second series, color negative film scan, 2016

Jaclyn Monica Silverman received her BFA from The Ohio State University and MFA from SAIC, focusing in photography. She has exhibited at Hopkins Hall Gallery and Corridor, Urban Arts Space, Shot Tower Gallery, Women’s Gallery in Youngstown, Ohio, Thomases Gallery, Sullivan Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, and The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado. Her work is part of a collective photographic portfolio at The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection (2016) and The Art Institute of Chicago (2016), and has curated an exhibition with The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection. She is the recipient of the Denman Research Grant, The John Fergus Family Memorial Endowment for the Arts, Mary Martin Picarillo Award, and Women Artists of Youngstown, Ohio. Silverman, invited by Gina Osterloh, has lectured at Otterbein University (2013) Westerville, Ohio, and has been a Visiting Lecturer (2016-2017) at The Ohio State University in the department of photography.

Earlier Event: July 30
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