May 15-19, 2023
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”x10” 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, food, 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 cost for the 5 day workshop (with lodging and food included) is 3,500 €. To reserve a space in the workshop, participants must pay the total cost in advance. In the US, please send a check payable in current equivalent USD to Scully & Osterman, 186 Rockingham St., Rochester, NY 14620.
For payments outside the US, please email Gianni Cusumano for instructions on sending payment via WISE.
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Withdrawal from the workshop by April 1, 2023 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 (or any other reason), the entire tuition will be fully refunded. Hosts are not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees.
Please consider purchasing Travel Insurance. (We can advise you about this.)
For questions regarding the workshop, itinerary and payment in USD, contact Mark & France: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For lodging, local travel and payment in Euros: contact Gianni, email@example.com
Please Note: We may take images, still or video, during the workshop, and use them for educational and promotional purposes.
The closest airport is Palermo Airport “Falcone Borsellino” located 35 km from Palermo. DO NOT BOOK FLIGHTS UNTIL WE CONFIRM THE WORKSHOP.
We recommend you buy Flight insurance.
Accomodations are at the Agriturismo Bergi – Address: Azienda Agrituristica Bergi – SS 286 per Geraci Siculo, 90013 Castelbuono (Pa) Tel. 0921 672045 – firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE – Airport to Agriturismo:
Our host Gianni has a contact in Castelbuono who provides a taxi service. Once we have everyone’s flight schedules, we may be able to coordinate rides for some of you from the airport to the Agriturismo. It depends on when you arrive. He charges 140 € up to 3 passengers (so you would share the expense) and 200 € for a van, up to 8 passengers. We will stay in contact about scheduling rides. Just so you know, we will arrive on May 11 to prepare.
Please let us know if you will be renting a car, and if so, what date and time will you be arriving at Palermo airport? Will you be coming to the Agriturismo first? If so, can you provide a ride for someone else?? (It’s ok if you can’t.)
This site compares transportation from Palermo airport to the Agriturismo:
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 to Palermo Central Station – Castelbuono
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 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.