INTRODUCTION TO WET PLATE COLLODION
with Rashod Taylor
Photography is by definition an act of time travel, but the wet plate collodion process adds a unique and creative aspect to modern practice. In this one-day workshop with artist Rashod Taylor, participants will explore making 4x5 tintypes and the history of the medium. Whether new to the process or looking to hone your wet plate skills, this workshop is a great fit for anyone interested in early processes and hand-crafted photography. Through hands-on learning, participants will spend the majority of the day making portraits and wet plates and getting comfortable with the process.
The wet plate collodion process was first introduced in the 1850’s. It’s a process that requires tin, glass, or photographic medium to be coated, sensitized, exposed, and developed within about fifteen minutes. If working in the field, it requires a portable darkroom for development. Though the overall experience can be delicate and cumbersome, it renders each plate a one-of-a-kind art piece.
This workshop is limited to 10 participants.
Rashod Taylor (b.1985) is a contemporary photographer whose work is a window into the Black American experience. Taylor attended Murray State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Art with a specialization in Fine Art Photography. His work is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for his series Little Black Boy. He is also the 2021 recipient of the Arnold Newman Prize For New Directions in Photographic Portraiture.
Taylor's ongoing, long-form series, Little Black Boy, documents his son’s life, as well as his own anxieties of fatherhood in the face of a society confronting enduring prejudice, injustice, and racism. Using portraiture, he addresses themes of family, race, culture and legacy. Taylor uses large and medium format process as a contentious nod to the gravity of content and intention of frame. This format also disarms subjects by slowing time and heightens tension by raising intimacy.
Taylor’s editorial clients include National Geographic, Essence Magazine, ProPublica, among others. His work has also been featured in CNN, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Forbes, Hulu, Buzzfeed News, Feature Shoot, and Lenscratch.
Rashod Taylor lives in Springfield MO, with his wife and son.
Date: September 30th, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CT
Location: Columbia College Chicago, 600 S Michigan Ave, 12th Floor Darkroom
Refunds will be processed with a 15% fee. No refunds will be given after September 1st.