Photo Palace Programs

  This page details the programs offered by The Photo Palace Bus.  We make the experience of analog photography fun and accessible for all audiences. 

  History of Medium Lecture

  This is our customary offering to all those who step aboard The Photo Palace Bus.  Anton has practiced a number of photographic techniques and collected sample prints by other photographers as well.  This informal lecture helps gain an understanding of how imaging methods have evolved through time.  Vintage and modern prints are displayed in a line-up that illustrates the major developments in the history of photography.

  Wet Plate Collodion Programs

  The Photo Palace Bus is happy to present opportunities for experiencing this beautiful and challenging mid-19th century process.  With this original instant photography technique a picture is produced on glass or metal and is available for viewing within minutes of exposure.  A perfect way to see the magic of the photographic chemistry right before your eyes.  Every image produced using this process is entirely unique and after being varnished will last for many generations.  Individuals or organizations are book either a wet plate portrait experience or a hands-on introductory workshop.
  During a portrait experience (and quite an experience it is indeed) Anton will produce timeless likenesses of the sitters while demonstrating the inner workings of the process to those who are interested.   Amount of portraits produced in one session can vary from four to twenty.
  An introductory workshop is designed to give photographers a chance to get their hands wet and produce their own images.  This can be done in one-on-one setting or with groups up to four people.
  Requirements - no extra requirements are needed other than a shady place to park (wet plate chemistry can act very oddly when it gets hot and so can the workshop participants). 

  Magic Lantern Slide Show

  This special offering is sure to excite any audience.  Magic Lantern has been a prominent medium of communication for over 300 years.  Its uses are both entertaining and educational in nature.  Images are projected from vintage glass slides and are spectacular to view.   
  The first part of the show is an introduction to the nature of the Magic Lantern and its applications.  Audiences are familiarized with various types of the Magic Lantern slides and their historic uses.  19th century slip-slides, travel views, scientific slides and even chromatropes are displayed via a beautiful 1917 Bausch & Lomb Lantern.
  The second part of the show consists of a unique slide show using photography of John Wells Rahill.  When in 1917 Rahill went to Russia to work with the troops during the First World War he took with him a simple Kodak Jr. #1 camera.  His incredible journey undertaken almost 100 years ago is spectacularly documented with a set of slides that were made upon his return.  
  Requirements - a darkened room that can hold an audience of the size that your organization can anticipate.  Large projection screen is preferred but not required.

  Polaroid Portrait Party

  Polaroids are a great fun way to have a portrait in your hands only a minute after it is captured.  Various cameras loaded with instant film are available and those interested in the difference between all the equipment are given detailed explanations as the shoot goes on.  The Photo Palace provides a studio backdrop or people can chose to be photographed in a natural setting or with The Photo Palace Bus itself.  There is no limit to the amount of participants.
  Requirements - daylight hours only.

  Darkroom Demonstration

  During this demonstration participants will see all the proper steps that one should take while developing and printing their own black and white images.  We start by developing a roll of film and end by making a black and white print.  All the variations for possible formats, developing and printing methods are discussed and in the end participants will receive a multiple page printed reference guide with all the information covered during the demonstration.  The aim is for everyone involved to be able to walk out from the demo and be capable of going into their own darkroom with the confidence to make their own prints.  Up to 4 participants at a time
  Requirements - no extra requirements, though if you plan on hosting this event during the hot period of the year it is good to schedule it later in the afternoon or to have a shaded spot for The Bus to park. 

  Gelatin Silver Printing Workshop

  Designed for up to 4 participants this intimate workshop is an introduction to manual darkroom printing technique.  Students will have a chance to develop their own film and print images in 8x10 format. The workshop is held on board of The Photo Palace Bus and lasts 4-6 hours and will ensure that someone with a home-made darkroom has the proper amount of knowledge to produce their own gelatin silver prints.  All the equipment except for cameras is provided.
  Requirements - external water supply in a form of a house spigot on the outside of the building.  If you would like to schedule this during the hot part of the year please schedule this in the afternoon or have a well-shaded space for The Bus - we want to provide a pleasant experience for those involved.

  Cyanotype Workshop

  Cyanotype is one of the oldest printing techniques.  Invented in 1842 by a prolific scientist John Herschel in his quest to have a way to copy his notes, it was quickly adopted to the medium as soon as transparent negatives were introduced.  During this workshop participants will learn how to make their own cyanotype emulsion, prepare and coat the paper and make prints.  The technique uses the sun as the UV source for image exposure.  As an alternative we use UV exposure unit, but sun is preferred.  Prints can be made from black and white film or digital negatives or using natural sources in a photogram format.  Up to 10 participants.
  Requirements - no extra requirements.

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