Quinn Jacobson was born in America in 1964. He began his career as a photographer in the United States military in 1982. Quinn served in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman for three years (11C) and then as a Combat Photographer (84B) for three years (1982-1988).
In 1993, he received a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree (B.I.S.) in Photography, Visual Art and Communication from Weber State University, Ogden, Utah USA. In 2007, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree (M.F.A.) in Photography from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont USA.
Quinn has been working in historic photographic processes for almost two decades. He's used the wet collodion process (1851) for four major projects in that time period. He also works in Daguerreotypy (1839) and Calotypy (1839).
The first body of work he made was called, "Portraits From Madison Avenue". He worked on this from 2003 through 2006. The work was centered on "otherness" or people and places in the margins of society. Quinn calls this his “table legs” of concepts: memory, identity, difference, and justice.
In 2006, Quinn moved to Viernheim, Germany and started working on a new project. In the beginning it was titled, "Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass" and later changed to,"Vergangenheitsbewältigung" (struggling to come to terms with the past).
This was a personal investigation of the events surrounding the Shoah (Holocaust). The images also reflected the experiences and emotions identifying as a person of Jewish descent living in Germany. The work included portraits of Germans, Ausländer (foreigners), and landscapes, significant locations that are relevant to that period of history (destroyed Synagogues, etc.). The project was about place, memory, identity and indifference. Quinn calls it an extension of "Portraits of Madison Avenue", but on a much larger scale.

Both of the projects were shown in a major exhibition at Centre Iris Gallery for Photography in Paris, France. The show was called, "Glass Memories". The exhibition was up from from March to June, 2010. His last body of work called, "The American West Portraits" was shown at Centre Iris Gallery in Paris, France, in 2012. This work was made in Denver, Colorado. It was Quinn's interpretation on the people living in the Western United States after living abroad for several years. 
Quinn has published four books: "The Contemporary Wet Plate Collodion Photography Experience" 2006. "Conferring Importance: Thoughts and Images About Identity, Difference and Memory" 2007. "Chemical Pictures: The Wet Plate Collodion Photography Book & DVD" 2009. "Chemical Pictures: The Wet Plate Collodion Photography Book (2nd Edition)" 2010.

He's probably best known for his part in the revival of the Wet Plate Collodion process in Europe. For five years (2006 - 2011), Quinn traveled throughout Eastern and Western Europe, evangelizing and teaching the Collodion process. From Glasgow to Barcelona and from Paris to Budapest, he taught hundreds of people the process. He taught in art schools, private studios, cultural centers and galleries. And now the hundreds of people he taught are teaching hundreds more. He organized and executed the project, “In Honor of Archer” in London, England where the inventor of the process, Fredrick Scott Archer, was honored with a placard on his grave (Kensal Green Cemetery). All of this has caused a renaissance of Wet Collodion in Europe. He recently traveled to China (2014) and opened the Collodion Collective Asia, as well.  
He created and manages the largest, and most active, Collodion Forum Board ( on the web (since 2003).
He’s currently (2013-2017) working on a new project titled, "Ghost Dance: Native American Massacre Sites”.
You can learn more about Quinn and his work at

Intro Course
These workshops are a lot of fun and you will learn a lot! They are very intense, meaning there's a lot of information to consume in a very short time. Here's a rough outline (the overview) which is subject to change during the course. They usually do, but this will give you an idea of what our goals are every day of the workshop. You will each receive my book, "Chemical Pictures Making Ambrotypes & Tintypes".

0900 - 0930: Introductions 
1000 - 1100: Wet Plate Collodion; Making Positives; Theory & History
1100 - 12:30: Demonstrations - Preparing substrate, chemistry, equipment, etc. 
12:30 - 1:30: Lunch Break 
1:30 - 3:30: Demonstration con't - Quinn makes wet collodion positives and Negative/Print Demo (time permitting)
3:30 - 5:00: Chemistry - Theory and Practice (this will be talked about throughout the day as well)
End of Day

0900 - 1000: Overview and Q&A from Saturday
1100 - 12:30: Quinn will walk each person through making an image
12:30 - 1:30: Lunch Break 
1:30 - 4:00: Students make images on their own. 
4:00 - 5:00: Students varnish their images.
5:00 - 6:00: Critique and Q & A
End of Workshop

Advanced Course
This is real photography for serious artists and photographers!
 An intensive, three-day, hands-on workshop that covers all aspects of making Wet Plate Collodion negatives; including redevelopment and making Salt, Albumen and/or Collodion Chloride prints from the negatives.

This course is designed for people who have worked with the positive Wet Plate Collodion process (Ambrotypes, Tintypes, etc.). Darkroom experience is preferred and students should have a good understanding of traditional silver gelatin negative making. Large format camera experience is preferred, too. If you take the course prior to this one, the intro course, you can attend this one. 

Students will get to see the negative making and redevelopment process executed from start-to-finish and the workflow methodology that Quinn uses for his work. He will also demonstrate making a Salt Print, Albumen print, and Collodion Chloride print from the negative. 

Quinn will do an in-depth segment on chemistry. Chemistry for negatives is different than positives. It’s subtle but affects the quality of the negative and the success of making a dense negative. He will also work through the chemistry for redevelopment. Each individual chemical will be discussed and described in detail. Students learn about each chemical’s function and purpose in making and redeveloping negatives – this is very important as it relates to troubleshooting. Safety, storage and handling are also major components of this segment. Students will participate in making each of the chemicals for the process.

Plate Making
This workshop will use 4x5 format for the plates. The second day of the workshop is devoted to making negatives which includes preparations, glass cutting, cleaning, etc. pouring plates, sensitizing plates, exposing plates, developing plates, fixing plates and varnishing plates. The third day will cover printing processes.

Negative Redevelopment
Quinn will cover this technique and talk about the purpose and need for redeveloping the wet collodion negatives. This is pyro and silver. 

Salt, Albumen, & Collodion-Chloride Printing
Each student will select their best negative and make a Salt, Albumen, and Collodion Chloride Print from it. Because of time limitations, this course will not cover making Salt, Albumen, and Collodion-Chloride paper, but will provide students the paper and supplies for printing the negatives. The instructions on how to make these papers are in his Chemical Pictures book. 

Critiques & Troubleshooting
At the end of the third day, there will be an overview/critique about the images made. This critique is based on troubleshooting – things that went wrong and things that worked. It’s a very valuable part of the course.

What’s Provided?
You can attend the workshop with nothing but a pen and notebook. Cameras, chemistry, substrate and facilities are all provided. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own camera (if you can). Using your own equipment helps when you start making images on your own. A copy of Quinn’s manual, “Chemical Pictures: Making Wet Collodion Negatives” will be provided. The manual will be used throughout the course.

The first evening of the advanced course we will meet and do an introduction to the course and one another.

Day 1: 
0900-1000: We'll talk about what a Wet Collodion Negative is and how to make them.
1000-1200: Wet collodion demonstrations: Quinn will demonstrate all of the variants of the process including making and redeveloping a negative. 
1200-1300: Lunch 
1300-1500: Continued demonstrations; making a print (P.O.P.) - Albumen, Salt and Collodion Chloride prints
1500-1700: In depth look at the chemistry and the safety; handling and storage.
1700: End of Day

Day 2: 
0900-1000: Answer any questions from previous day.
1000-1200: Students begin making negatives.
1200-1300: Lunch  
1300-1700: Continue making negatives; discuss and troubleshoot; technique, chemistry, etc. 
1700: End of Day

Day 3: 
0900-1000: Answer any questions from previous day.
1000-1200: Students begin preparing paper - Salt, Albumen, and Collodion Chloride paper (P.O.P.)
1200-1300: Lunch  
1300-1600: Students make prints (P.O.P.) - Albumen, Salt and Collodion Chloride
1600-1700: Critique - Q&A and Troubleshooting
1700: End of Workshop

The Cost of this workshop is $895.00 USD​

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Introduction to Wet Plate Collodion Photography
 with Quinn Jacobson
Intro and Advanced Courses
July 9-14,2017