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Souls of Silver: Wet Plate Photography by Shane Balkowitsch

August 5 – September 11, 2014

Closing Reception September 11, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, artist talk beginning at 5:30 pm

- Cyanotype Workshop with Su Legatt, August 28, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Create your own cyanotype while learning about historic photo processes!

- Wet Plate Collodion Demonstration with Shane Balkowitsch, September 11, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Join featured artist Shane Balkowitch for an outdoor, interactive demonstration of the wet plate collodion process. Sitters will chosen at random; thrown your name in the hat for a chance to have your plate made! 

Shane Balkowitsch employs one of the earliest forms of photography, wet plate collodion, to create emotive and symbolic portraits using silver and glass. The wet plate collodion process was invented by Frederick Scott Archer, an English sculptor who started experimenting with collodion in 1848-1849 and published the full details of the process in 1851. It was twenty times faster than pervious methods, and paper prints could be made from the glass plates, allowing for many copies to produced from one original. The collodion process became known as the “wet plate process” because all the procedures had to be carried out while the plate was damp, since the ether in the collodion rapidly evaporated. The procedure required speed and on-the-spot darkroom access, so that the photographer could sensitize, expose and develop the plate before it dried. The combination of wet plate collodion negatives and albumen prints was the most successful and widespread commercial photographic technique of the second half of the 19th century. This exhibition is sponsored by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts. 


Semester Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday,
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and
Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Summer + Holiday Hours:
Tuesday through Friday,
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Or by appointment

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(701) 231- 7900
2nd floor of the NDSU Memorial Union




Thursday, August 28  – Cyanotype Workshop with Su Legatt, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Thursday, September 11  – Collodion Demonstration with Shane Balkowitsch, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, South Union Lot

Thursday, September 11 – Souls of Silver Closing Reception, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

September 15 – 19 – Fall Poster Sale, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 3:20:24 PM