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Wet Plate Collodion Photography (Weekend)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Guy Paterson


Here is a chance to take a contemporary look at this historic technique that is becoming increasingly popular. Alongside practical training, you will learn about the work of some contemporary artists and photographers adopting this engaging form of photography. Plus, we will discuss all you need to set up as an independent wet plate practitioner.

Topics covered

  • You will be shown how to cut and prepare both glass plates for both 'Ambrotypes' and trophy aluminium for 'Tintypes'.
  • The spacious darkroom at the Kings Cross site can then be used to practice 'flowing' and developing plates.
  • You will then shoot both portraits and still life nearby.
  • The course will also cover the important aspects of health and safety when working with and storing the required chemicals.


A variety of cameras will be used, but students are also encouraged to bring their own.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Guy Paterson is a print-maker and public artist. He studied fine art at Central Saint Martins.  Should you wish to find out more about his work, visit Guy's website at

Available dates

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