May 23 – 27, 2022
Tired of being cooped up at home?? Ready to travel? If you’re ready to experience large format and alternative process photography, beautiful Sicilian scenery and amazing food, this is a rare opportunity. This workshop will be hosted by Gianni Cusumano and taught by Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman on location in Sicily, Italy. The Ostermans are well known to the international photographic community as the leading experts in collodion processes.
Unlike wet collodion, this workshop features a rare dry variant of the collodion process introduced in the mid-1850s. Designed specifically for landscape photography, the technique allows shooting collodion negatives in the field without the use of a portable darkroom as required for wet collodion photography. The sensitive plates may be kept for several months before exposure making them the perfect medium for travel photography.
In this unique workshop, participants will receive instruction in the basic chemistry and concept of the process, hands-on instruction in the preparation, exposure and processing of 8×10” negatives and making final proofs with salt prints. All instructional information is supplied including the manual, Scully & Osterman Basic Collodion Technique and supplemental instructions specific to wet and dry collodion negative-making.
On the first day, the Ostermans will guide you in preparing dry collodion plates in the darkroom at Gianni Cusumano laboratory in the center of Castelbuono, Sicily.
For the next 3 days, participants will shoot on location using a large format 8″x10″ view camera. The group will return to the darkroom at the end of each shooting session to develop the plates with the instructors. On the last day, participants will make salted paper prints from their best negatives.
Lodging, meals, and transportation to and from the laboratory is included in the cost of the workshop.
Lodging and food include: 6 nights accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner. The rooms are comfortable double/triple room. Single rooms are available for an additional fee. To request single room, please email for prices and availability before booking.
Accommodations will be held at Agriturismo Bergi, an educational farm and B&B with twenty acres of gardens, orchards and olive groves. Using local products, the hosts highlight ancient flavors of healthy Sicilian kitchen. The farm is two miles away from the laboratory where the workshop will take place.
The workshop will be held at Gianni Cusumano laboratory located in the center of Castelbuono, a town in the Metropolitan City of Palermo in Sicily. Castelbuono owes its origins to Ventimiglia, Lords of the County of Geraci, which in the 14th century decided to build a castle. Its position is important at the foot of the beautiful valley Madonie, inhabited in the Neolithic and rich in Greek, Roman and Arabic testimonies.
The closest airport is Palermo Airport “Falcone Borsellino” located 35 km from Palermo.
BUS: The cheapest way to get from Palermo to Castelbuono is by bus, “SAIS Trasporti” all from Palermo’s bus station at the train station (p.zza Cairoli).
Palermo Airport – Palermo Central Station 8.00 euro
Palermo Central Station – Castelbuono 8.60 euro
TAXI: The fastest way from the airport to to Castelbuono is a taxi; approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Palermo Airport to Castelbuono -cost is about 100 – 150 euro
TRAIN: Another option is to get a train from Palermo station to Cefalù and then take a bus or taxi from there to Castelbuono.
The cost for the 5 day workshop (with lodging and food included) is 2,800 (current exchange is $ 3170 USD). To reserve a space in the workshop, participants must pay the total cost in advance. In the US, please send a check payable to Scully & Osterman, 186 Rockingham St., Rochester, NY 14620. For payments outside the US, please email Gianni Cusumano
Withdrawal from the workshop by April 1, 2022 will result in a full refund minus a 100 euro processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations after April 1st. If the workshop is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire tuition will be fully refunded. Hosts are not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees.