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Workshop: Wet Plate Photograms with S. Gayle Stevens

  • Xavier University Art Village 3520 Pine Street Bldg 39, Rm 123 New Orleans, LA 70125 United States (map)
 Wet Plate Photogram by S. Gayle Stevens

Wet Plate Photogram by S. Gayle Stevens

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.

This workshop is presented in partnership with Bostick & Sullivan and Xavier University.

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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.

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.

For more information visit the workshop page at Xavier University Art Village!