Date:           Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2024
Location:    theFINDlab headquarters, Payson, Utah

This class, brought to you by theFINDlab, is a four day wet plate photography workshop jointly taught by Rashod Taylor and Lisa Elmaleh in the exotic land of Utah.  Come to this beautiful destination with two masters of wet plate for our first ever joint class, which is sure to be a great time!

Images: Rashod Taylor (first two) / Lisa Elmaleh (last two)

About the workshop

Come on a unique journey in the state of Utah with two award-winning photographer/teachers who specialize in the wet plate collodion process.  Brought to you by theFINDlab, this inaugural wet plate workshop will be held in the field in the unique beauty and landscape of Utah, where theFINDlab is located.  

We will be doing all on-site photography in the fabulous landscape of Utah, transporting in a 15 passenger van.  

This class will teach students how to create tintypes (positives on tin), ambrotypes (positives on glass), and glass negatives using chemistry and a basic outdoor darkroom.  The “darkroom” in this case is a makeshift dark space (a grow tent outfitted with a dark cloth) utilized for chemical sensitizing and processing.  Each student will work one-on-one with the teacher in the “darkroom” – and images will be made using large format cameras outside.  There is no prior photography experience required – all are welcome, beginners to advanced!  

All materials and cameras will be provided, but if you would like to bring your own 4”x5” camera or any other materials to work with, you are welcome to do so.  

This class is limited to 12 students.  

About your teachers

Rashod Taylor (b.1985) attended Murray State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in art with a specialization in Fine Art Photography in 2007. Taylor favors analog photography: silver prints and wet plate collodion process among them. Taylor’s work uses portraiture to address themes of family, race, culture and legacy. The artist’s photographs are a window into the Black American experience. Taylor’s most well recognized work is an ongoing project Little Black Boy. The series earned him an Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture in 2021. His work has exhibited nationally and internationally and is actively collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (two works now on view in group show, Love Languages, through Sept. 2025)  Taylor has taught numerous workshops at Anderson Ranch Art Center. He has been invited to present lectures at Stanford University, George Washington University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Maine Media Workshop + College, Los Angeles Center of Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, among other venues. The artist is represented by jdc Fine Art and Obscura Gallery and has been included in group and solo shows, respectively. Editorial clients include National Geographic, Essence Magazine, ProPublica, among others. His work has also been featured in CNN, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Forbes, Hulu, Buzzfeed News, Feature Shoot and Lenscratch.  Rashod Taylor lives in Springfield MO, with his wife and son.

Lisa Elmaleh is an American visual artist, educator, and documentarian based in Paw Paw, West Virginia. Since 2020, she has been photographing on the US-Mexico border.  Born in Miami, Florida (1984), Lisa completed a BFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2007. Upon graduating, she received the prestigious Tierney Fellowship to work on a project that evolved into an in-depth visual documentation of the impact of climate change on the Everglades. The culmination of this project resulted in a book titled Everglades published in 2016 by Zatara Press.  
Lisa moved to an off-grid cabin in Paw Paw, West Virginia in 2014 to be able to focus on her photographic work.  She is the 2022 recipient of the Arnold Newman Prize for her work at the border, which gave her the opportunity to live in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for five months and completely immerse in the community of humanitarian aid, working with migrants at the border. Elmaleh's work has been exhibited nationwide and recognized by the Aaron Siskind Foundation, Puffin Foundation, The Tierney Foundation, among others. Her work has been published by Harper's Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, CNN, The New York Times, National Geographic, Oxford American, Garden & Gun, and NPR, among others.


Please look for airbnb lodging in the (xxxxx) area code.  There will be (x) rooms available in the group house where we are staying, please email (Lisa or Rashod) for availability.

This is a 4-day workshop.

Day 1 
The workshop will begin with an orientation of the history and contemporary uses of the wet plate process, followed by a break for lunch, followed by an orientation to the process itself.  Each student will make at least one (but usually more) tintype plate by the end of the day.

Day 2 
A review of the photographic plates from day 1, followed by a chemical mixing demo, followed by an introduction to using glass – students will be welcome to make tintypes or glass plates for the entirety of the day.  Possibility for an afternoon fiiiiieeeeeelllld triiiiiiip!!!!

Day 3 
Fiiiiield Triiiiiip!  A full day of making 4x5" photographs in a new location.  

Day 4
One last day of making pictures at theFINDlab headquarters.  At the end of the day, plates will be varnished to take home.  There will be a culminating critique at the end of class, where we will marvel in all of the work we have done together.  

Cancellations of classes and workshops by students:

Each class or workshop has a maximum number of students. Once a class is fully booked it stops others from booking those spots. If you can’t make a class and want to avoid cancellation penalties, you’re welcome to find someone to take your place.

Cancellation more than 31 days ahead of scheduled date:
100% refund minus a 10% processing fee

Cancellation 8 – 30 days ahead of scheduled date:
50% refund -or- 50% transfer credit toward another similar class

Cancellation from 3 – 7 days ahead of scheduled date:
No refund -or- 25% transfer credit toward another similar class

*No refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of class or workshop.

Lisa Elmaleh Photography

Lisa Elmaleh, 1984, USA, lives in West Virginia and photographs with an 8x10 camera across the United States and at the Mexico Border.
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