Capturing the Past: Photographic Seminar

June 22, 2013 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Event Type: 
Kelly Hancock
1201 E. Clay Street
(855) 649-1861 x121

See Civil War photography in action as collodion artist Todd Harrington discusses and demonstrates the wet plate process.  Photographic appointments available from 12:30 to 5:00.  Historian Mike Gorman will also lecture on photographs of wartime Richmond and selected photographs from the Museum’s own collection will be on display.

The seminar will begin with a multimedia talk, “Richmond Again Taken:  Photographing the Confederate Capital, 1865,” by Michael D. Gorman, a Richmond-based historian, currently working for the National Park Service. This talk will place famous images of the fallen Confederate capital in their proper historical context and will reveal some important new discoveries as well as many extremely rare images.  After the lecture, participants will have an opportunity to view a selection of original photographs in the Museum’s own collection before heading outdoors for the final presentation.  Collodion artist, Todd Harrington from Winchester, Virginia will provide an overview of the history of photography and then demonstrate the wet-plate photographic process. 

Following the seminar Todd Harrington will be plying his craft from 12:30 to 5:00.  This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has ever dreamed of having an authentic wet-plate photograph made.  And where better to have your picture taken than in the garden of the Confederate White House!  Choose from ambrotypes (glass) or ferrotypes (tintypes).  Prices range from $45 to $95, depending on the size and the medium selected.  Photographic appointments are available every half hour starting at 12:30. 

Click here to register online. For more information, contact Kelly Hancock at (855) 649-1861 ext. 121 or Symposium cost: $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers in advance; $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers at the door. Prices for the photographs are listed below.


Ambrotypes (Glass)                                                       Ruby Glass Ambrotypes

¼ Plate (3 ¼ x 4 ¼)            $55                                        ¼ Plate (3 ¼ x 4 ¼)            $70

½ Plate (4 ¼ x 5 ½)            $65                                        ½ Plate (4 ¼ x 5 ½)            $80

5 x 7 Plate                          $75

Whole Plate (6 ½ x 8 ½ )  $95


Ferrotypes (Tintypes)

¼ Plate (3 ¼ x 4 ¼)             $45

½ Plate (4 ¼ x 5 ½)             $55

5 x 7 Plate                           $65

Whole Plate (6 ½ x 8 ½ )   $85