June 8–12, 2020
Back by Popular Demand!
Tuition: 2,500 euro (no member discount),
plus 100 euro materials fee
Workshop for 6 participants
If you’re ready to experience large-format and alternative-process photography, ancient scenery, and amazing food, this rare opportunity is for you. We had a great time last year, and now that we know the lay of the land, we expect it to be even better this year. This George Eastman Museum workshop will be 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 wet collodion.
Rather than wet collodion, however, this workshop features a rare dry variant of the collodion process, introduced in the mid-1850s. Designed specifically for landscape photography, the technique allows one to shoot collodion negatives in the field without the use of a portable darkroom as is 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.
All participants will also receive a George Eastman Museum Workshop apron.
The workshop will be held at the Gianni Cusumano laboratory, located in the center of Castelbuono, a medieval town in the metropolitan city of Palermo in Sicily.
Castelbuono owes its origins to the Ventimiglia family, who in the 14th century decided to build a castle. Located in the valley of the beautiful Madonie mountains, Castelbuono is rich in Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Arabic architecture and traditions.
On the first day, the Ostermans will guide you in making dry-plate collodion negatives in the darkroom at the Gianni Cusumano laboratory in the center of Castelbuono, Sicily.
For the next 3 days, participants will shoot on location using a large-format 8×10” 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.
Audience: Limited to 6 participants, this 5-day workshop is for for fine art photographers, educators, and anyone interested in the evolution of photography. No experience necessary.
Lodging, Meals, and Transportation: Lodging, meals, and daily transportation to and from the laboratory is included in the cost of the workshop.
Lodging and meals include 6 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The rooms are modern and very comfortable. The price of the workshop includes a single room. If you plan to bring a companion to share a room, please email for prices and availability before booking.
Accommodations will be at Agriturismo Bergi, an educational farm and B&B with 20 acres of gardens, orchards, and olive groves that supply the kitchen. Using local products, the hosts highlight the ancient flavors of healthy Sicilian cuisene. The farm is 2 miles away from the laboratory where the workshop will take place.
Tuition and Booking: The cost for the 5-day workshop (lodging and meals included) is 2,500 euro plus 100 euro materials fee. To reserve a space in the workshop, participants must pay the total cost in advance.
Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop by March 15, 2019, will result in a refund minus a 100 euro processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations after March 15. 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.
Notes on traveling to Castelbuono, Palermo:
The closest airport is “Falcone Borsellino” located 35 km from Palermo.
Bus: The least expensive way to travel from Palermo to Castelbuono is by bus, “SAIS Trasporti,” which can be picked up from the Palermo bus station, located at the Palermo Centrale train station (Piazza Cairoli). Bus schedule.
Transport from the Palermo Airport to Palermo Centrale Station costs 8.00 euro; from Palermo Centrale Station to Castelbuono costs 8.60 euro.
Taxi: The fastest way from the airport to Castelbuono is by taxi, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and costs approximately 100 to 150 euro.
Train: Another option is to take a train from Palermo Centrale Station to Cefalù, and then take a bus or taxi from there to Castelbuono. Train information.
Please Note: The museum may take images, still or video, during the workshop, and use them for educational and promotional purposes.