Wet Plate Collodion Portrait Session at the Cleveland Print Room

Examples of wet plate collodion portraits. Photo provided by Shari Wilkins.

The Cleveland Print Room (CPL) - a community dark room, educational space, studio workspace and photographic gallery - will be holding portrait sessions early this month.

The Wet Plate Collodion Portrait Sessions will take place Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10. CPL is bringing the historic process of wet plate collodion tintype/ambrotype portraiture to Cleveland, 160 years after its invention, just in time for the holiday season.

Cleveland artist/designer and CIA graduate Greg Martin will be taking portraits by appointment only. Greg has been practicing the art and craft of wet plate collodion photography for the past eight years, and his award-winning work has been exhibited in numerous shows throughout the region. 

Tintypes, often considered the Polaroid of the 19th century, are made quickly in a process that uses hand poured chemicals on an enameled metal sheet. Valued for their archival stability in the digital age, tintypes were historically passed down in families as heirlooms. Greg was taught the period-authentic method and uses the same materials, equipment, cameras and lenses that were used back in the 1800's. If you're interested in giving a holiday gift that is the perfect marriage of past and present and will last a lifetime, please call to schedule your personal session with us at the Cleveland Print Room. Finished portraits will be available for pickup the weekend of December 6th and 7th during the ArtCraft Building Holiday Sale. There are a limited number of sittings available, so call now at 216-401-5981 to register!
A non-refundable $50 deposit/sitting fee, applied toward the cost of your portrait session, is payable at the time of registration. Visit www.clevelandprintroom.com to read more about this event and to find out about additional pricing.

The Cleveland Print Room is located at 2550 Superior Avenue in the ArtCraft Building.


Shari Wilkins

Shari Wilkins is owner and founder of the Cleveland Print Room.

Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 1:32 PM, 11.05.2013