Wet-plate and Platinotypes
Robert Clarke-Davis and Jaclyn Silverman
PHOTO 609 001 || 3 credit hours || Lab Fee $300
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.
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.
Jaclyn Silverman is 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 work revolves around community, place, and intergenerational histories. She has exhibited in Boulder, CO, Chicago, IL, Youngstown, and Columbus, Ohio. She has been the recipient of the Denman Research Grant from The Ohio State University and Women Artists Against Racism from the YWCA for her ongoing series, The Working Family. Her works are part of permanent collections with The Ohio State University, The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, and The Art Institute of Chicago. She and Robert Clarke-Davis curated the exhibition Within the Portfolios: 1968-2016 A History of Photography from the School of the Art Institute with the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection. Silverman has been a visiting lecturer with The Ohio State University and Part-time Professor at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Currently, she is Professor of Art and Humanities with Truman College, Artistic Director of Chicago art organization, CPS Lives, and returning faculty member with Ox-Bow School of Art.