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Wet plate collodion + photogravure printmaking - 2 - Day private workshop


I have been making some new work that combines 2 of my favorite historical processes, wet plate collodion and photogravure.  Wet plate collodion is a wonderful way to create one of a kind objects that are both beautiful and timeless. Lately I have been exploring ideas to make meaningful reproductions of these objects, and photogravure has become my answer.

Day one:  Spend time with Ray Bidegain learning the fascinating old process of wet plate collodion. You will learn how to mix up the needed materials and receive instructions on how to gather and build the equipment to make Tintypes and Ambrotypes.  We will spend the day pouring plates and making objects in my studio and darkroom. By the end of the day, you will have had a chance to make many plates and should have a good understanding of the process. This class is for students who like on-on-one learning and would like to have my full attention for the day  I will supply all of the materials and cameras for the day. 

  • Learn and understand equipment and materials needed for Wet Plate Collodion

  • Use of 4x5 view cameras to make Tintypes and Ambrotypes

  • Pouring plates

  • Exposing plates

  • developing plates by inspection

  • finishing plates using sandarac varnish

  • Safety

Day 2: Using the plates from day one you will learn to make fine prints of your favorite pictures in polymer plate photogravure. During this second day of the workshop, you will learn how to take your original photographs and print them using etching inks and an etching press. Needed materials will be supplied and students will leave the session with a small edition of photogravure prints from a couple of images. 

Topics to be covered:

• Scanning the tintypes or ambrotypes from day one

• Exposing and developing the polymer plates using direct to plate methods

• Inks and materials needed for printmaking

• Inking and wiping the plates

• Paper selection

• Printing the inked plates on a professional etching press.

An extra day of printmaking is available for a fee for students wanting to make the most of their time in Portland. 


My schedule is flexible and I can offer sessions weekdays as well as weekends. Once you have signed up for the session we can look at our calendars and choose dates to work together.

Days of StudyOne day wetplate + One day photogravure

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Do you offer private mentoring at this time

Yes, I am fully vaccinated and accepting students to my studio that are likewise vaccinated

Can we talk about a custom mentorship ?

Yes indeed, I often create workshops that are tailored to the needs and interests of my students, I am able to provide studies in all Alt process photography genres.

Can you mentor me in the making of photographs as well as the processes?

I will look forward to helping you find your way with making photographs of what ever your desire, I can help you do discover that same desire as well.

How about selling work?

Over the years I have explored many venues of commerce for my work and I will gladly share them with you as you decide what is best for your situation.

The Cascabel Press Studio

My darkroom and printmaking studio

for the last 32 years I have worked in the cozy basement of my 110 year old home in Portland Oregon. Your fine prints are made here and are a product of my love of photography and art.

My backyard daylight studio

Where I make pictures

for the last several years I have been making my work in a small daylight studio in my backyard.