Join photographer Mac Cosgrove-Davies as he demonstrates how tintype portraits are made using the wet plate collodion process. 

The process requires that the tintypes be coated, sensitized, exposed, and processed all before the plate dries (hence the name ‘wet plate’).  The photographer will explain each step and take questions in this family friendly, drop-in event.

Visit Cosgrove-Davies' art exhibit, "Arlington Volunteers," to see examples of the wet plate technique. On display in the Central Library lobby April 1 - April 30 in celebration of National Volunteer Month. Learn more about the "Arlington Volunteers" exhibit.

About the artist: Mac Cosgrove-Davies began this photographic conversation producing black and white photographs in a darkroom at age 12.  In college, an independent study in historic photographic processes, revealed their creative potential.  He has been using gum bichromate, cyanotype, oil and carbon printing to produce striking, unique images for more than 40 years. 

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Saturday, April 8, 2023
10:30am - 12:00pm
Quincy Room
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