Wet Plate Collodion Photography Workshop

Saturday and Sunday 1pm-4pm
Allan Barnes

Course Description

This 2-day workshop serves as a hands-on introduction to this demanding but beautiful photographic process, invented by Frederick Scott Archer in the mid-19th Century. Participants will use large format period-correct cameras to explore the craftsmanship of tintypes and ambrotypes. The goal is to provide a taste of how the process works, with each participant walking away with 3-4 plates. We will be making photographs at/around the Harvey Milk Photo Center. Participants are invited to bring their own props, old costumes, etc. This course is taught by Allan Barnes, a former photojournalist who has been working extensively with the process for almost ten years.


Photo Center Orientation is not required for this class, but it is required if student wishes to come to the Photo Center outside the workshop to develop film on their own and/or print their own photos in the Darkroom.

Note: Please bring aprons and work clothing (materials used can easily stain clothing).


Allan Barnes (Scroll down for more information about the instructor)

Dates and Time

Sep 23 – Sep 24
Sat & Sun 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Class Platform


Class Number

36799 Sep 23 – Sep 24

Class Fee



Fall 2023 registration opens Aug 19 at 10am

*Priority registration for active scholarship recipients starts Aug 16

Instructor Bio – Allan Barnes

Allan Barnes is an editorial and fine art photographer from Detroit, Michigan. After 25 years as an editorial photographer, he began working in the Wet Plate Collodion Process and currently specializes in portraiture and fashion. His studio is in the North San Francisco Bay Area, where he also teaches photography classes at Petaluma High School. Previously, he taught photo classes at Citrus College in Glendora, CA and Santa Monica College in Santa Monica CA.