May 13-15, 2016

Collodion Tintype Workshop in Weston, MA

This is a three day beginning workshop in the basics of an 1850s photographic process used for making unique positive images on metal plates, popularly known as Tintypes or Ferrotypes. Participants will receive individual attention as they make 5 x 7" tintype portraits and still life.

The class will be taught by artist-educator France Scully Osterman, recognized for her extensive knowledge of early photographic processes, and held at the country estate of photographer Jamie Peebles in Weston, MA.

Participants will view antique and contemporary tintypes and Melainotypes from the Scully & Osterman photograph collection and receive a basic manual with full instructions and a listing of chemical suppliers. All equipment and supplies are included.

This workshop is designed specifically for the photographer/artist interested in learning collodion tintypes or refining their skills, and those simply curious about this important 19th c. process. No experience required.


Class is limited to 6 participants.

Class: $825   Materials fee: $75

To register:

Jamie Peebles' studio in Weston, MA

Did you know that you can arrange reasonably priced private tutorials or small group classes
year round in Rochester -- or at your location?

2016 International Alternative
& Historic Photographic Workshops

with Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman

June 27 - July 1, 2016: Dry-plate Collodion Workshop at Kenilworth Castle, U.K.

Cloisters by Chris Ramsay, Lacock 2011

Chris Ramsay shooting at Lacock Abbey

Ho Sang washing his plate

Ambrotype by Wong Ho Sang, Lacock, 2011

Mark & Charlie Kellly at 2011 Lacock collodion workshop

Jeffrey Cousins & France
at Lacock collodion workshop

Don't forget to check out the workshops at George Eastman Museum:

George Eastman Museum
Rochester, NY

National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC

Victoria & Albert Museum
London, England



Princeton University, Princeton, NJ




Harvard University, Cambridge, MA



The Ostermans have given demonstrations, workshops and lectures for museums, universities, educational and historical societies since the early 1990s. Here is a partial list:

Benrido Atelier, Kyoto, Japan
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, Lacock, England
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Harry Ransom Center, U of Texas, Austin, TX
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Centro de Estudos em Fotografia da Golega, Golega, Portugal
F295 Symposium, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA
Anderson Ranch, Snow Mass, CO
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Art New England, Bennington, VT
Minnie Weisz Studio, London, UK
Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN
University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
Tokushima University, Tokushima, Japan
George Eastman
Museum, Rochester, NY
Maison Niepce, St. Loup de Varennes, France
Photographer's Formulary, Condon, Montana
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Century Darkroom, Toronto, Canada
National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
Segura Publishing, Mesa, AZ
Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, Germany
Fachhochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin, Germany
Escuela Nacional de Conervación, Restauración y Museografia, Mexico City
Nat'l Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
New England School of Photography, Boston, MA
Diputacion Provincial de Huesca, Huesca, Spain

Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, England

Maison Niepce, Burgundy, France

Casa-Estúdio Carlos Relvas , Golegã, Portugal

Images of Lacock Abbey Courtesy ©Fox Talbot Museum; some images are by students made in workshops with Mark Osterman and/or France Scully Osterman.

All other images on this website ©2015 Scully & Osterman unless otherwise indicated

updated Oct. 2015