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Egbert Guy Fowx

Wet Plate Collodion Process
Instructed by Michael Wilson

Saturday, September 22, 1-5pm

Registration Deadline:
September 19, 2018


This workshop will be an introduction to the wet plate collodion process, a photographic process dating to the 1850’s, in which a plate of either metal or glass is coated with a light sensitive emulsion in the darkroom. While still wet, the sensitized plate is placed into a camera, an exposure is made and the plate is then promptly developed before the emulsion has had time to dry.

In addition to observing the wet plate process, workshop participants will be given the opportunity to perform the various steps of the process themselves (creating their very own plate!).

The workshop is open to people who are simply curious about this fascinating photographic process as well as those who are considering taking up the process for their own picture-making.

Tuition: $135

Class Size:
Minimum: 3 per date
Maximum: 6 per date

All materials will be provided by Manifest Drawing Center as part of the registration fee.

Level of Study:
OPEN TO ALL. No experience required..

LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and direction links below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms, a darkroom, and a processing room all totalling nearly 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


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Michael Wilson




About the instructor:

Michael Wilson is a life-long resident of Cincinnati residing in Price Hill. He developed his interest in photography while attending Northern Kentucky University where he earned a bachelor of fine arts in 1981. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at such local venues as Baker Hunt Foundation (Covington, Ky.); Thomas More Gallery, Thomas More College (Crestview Hills, Ky.); In Situ Gallery (Cincinnati, Ohio); Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center (Covington, Ky.); as well as the Cincinnati Art Museum and Contemporary Arts Center. Wilson's photographs have been exhibited regionally at the J. B. Speed Museum (Louisville, Ky.); Rosewood Arts Centre (Kettering, Ohio); and Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (Cleveland, Ohio). His work is represented in the Cincinnati corporate collections of E. W. Scripps; PNC Bank; Frost & Jacobs; Deloitte & Touche; and Duke Energy. He is also represented in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the J. B. Speed Museum. In addition, his images have been featured in more than three hundred photographic projects working with musicians and record labels.

Among the many artists Michael has photographed are: Lyle Lovett, B. B. King, Waylon Jennings, Randy Newman, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell, David Byrne, Philip Glass, Dawn Upshaw, and Doc Watson. Clients include: Nonesuch Records, Warner Brothers Records, Sony Music, Capitol Records, Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Putnam, Mother Jones Magazine, Health Magazine, Uncut Magazine, and Pentagram Design. 


Manifest's 15th season is funded in part by a grant from the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by an impact grant from ArtsWave, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous contributions of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

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(or by special appointment)

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