S. Gayle Stevens Wet Plate Photogram Workshop
Xavier University Darkroom
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Class limit: 10
Workshop fee: $195 | SOLD OUT
Due to popular demand we’ve added a SECOND wetplate workshop with Gayle!
Saturday, December 15, 2018
All other details remain the same.
Explore the elemental fun of photograms while learning wet plate collodion photography techniques in this full-day, hands-on workshop with S. Gayle Stevens.
Workshop participants will learn the 19th century process of wet plate collodion through the creation of their own individual photograms, camera-less images made by placing objects on photo-sensitized material. Students will create series of 2×2”, 3×3”, and 4×4” plates, going larger as day progresses and they learn to effectively pour plates. Each participant should bring in a selection of small objects for use as their photogram subjects.
The class will collectively create a large collaborative piece, which will be displayed at the PhotoWALK at the Ogden Museum on December 14. Participants can take home their individual plates at the close of the event on Friday evening.
About the Instructor
S. GAYLE STEVENS’ has worked in antiquarian photographic processes for over twenty years and exhibits her projects internationally. Stevens’ work is inspired by alchemy, natural history, science and her concerns for the environment. Her chosen medium is wet plate collodion, for its fluidity and individuality. She is currently is working on a mural version of Wideness of the Sea. The mural will contain plates ranging from 2×2” to 20×20,” featuring marine species from minute jellyfish to multiple plate pelicans, stingrays and other large sea creatures.
Ms. Stevens received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. She is an educator, speaker, juror, curator and an active member of the photographic community. Her images have been featured in Fraction, Square, Shots, Diffusion, B + W Photography, Vignette, The Hand and Fuzion magazines, and in the book Inventing Reality, New Orleans Visionary Photography. In addition, Stevens’ work is included in the third edition of Christopher James’ The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, and in Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes. North Light Press published a monograph of her work , Calligraphy, in their 11 + 1 Signature series.
Stevens’ work is in the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Rockford Museum of Art, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and the University of New Mexico Art Museum, among others. She divides her time shooting in Pass Christian, Mississippi and Downers Grove, Illinois, where she resides. Stevens is represented by Tilt Gallery, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Gallery Kayafas, and Paul Cava with selected pieces at Candela Books + Gallery, A Smith Gallery and Echo.
Please note that workshop cancellations will result in a $50 processing fee, if we are notified before Nov 1 and able to fill your spot. Cancellations after Nov 1 are not eligible for refunds.