Key Note Speaker - Blue Mitchell


A Holistic Approach to Crafting Your Vision

Overview: The resurgence and it’s affect on contemporary fine art photography now.

Crafters Confessions: Process begets passion, and vice versa, in the artist’s words.

The Printmakers Choice: The personal gratification of getting your hands dirty.

Conclusion: Deliberation

    PRESENTER - Quinn Jacobson


    “The Wet Plate Collodion Process: Photographic Art or Just a Photographic Process?”

    Quinn will talk about contemporary uses in the wet plate collodion process and describe how he’s used the process for his work. He will address the issues surrounding concept versus craft as well as talk about giving meaning to materials and other concepts related to the process. Today, some people are asking why would one choose to work in this process (or any 19th century process)? Quinn will address these contemporary “problems” from a conceptual point of view. 

    PRESENTER - Clare O'Neill


    "Photo Encaustic - Where Photography Meets Hot Beeswax, Pigments, Texture and Playfulness."

    Clare O'Neill will present and demonstrate how she transforms her photographs using pigments and wax, with an emphasis on her process of printing on non-traditional paper (tissue paper) and embedding the image into the wax.

    PRESENTER - Erin Malone


    "Seeking Terra Firma"

    Erin will speak about her "Seeking Terra Firma" project that lives in multiple processes, which are each quite different from one another. She began printing the portfolio in Platinum/Palladium and Ziatype but ended up shifting the entire body of work to a digital print process on kozo paper that has been infused with beeswax by hand after printing, as she sought to push the concept of the images further through the end printing and production process. This is indicative of several of her bodies of work which start out in one process and end up in another.

    Event Details & Registration

    Hosted at the H.R. MacMillian Space Centre in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia

    Speakers, Demos, Discussion Forums, Tours, Print Exchange, Print Sharing/Displays, Tintype Booth and more...

    This symposium is geared to the beginner and the advanced photographer alike, interested in learning and using alternative printing processes, from Cyanotype, Van Dyke, Platinum-Palladium, Encaustics, Carbon Pigment, Wet Plate Collodion to Salt Prints and many other processes.

    The weekend is full of activities and presentations by 4 leading photographers and technicians of Alternative Process Photography.

    Bring your Alternative Photography Prints to display and share with attendees. A great opportunity to meet, share with and learn from your peers from around the country.

    Print Trade & Display

    Optional Alt-Photo Print Trade

    If you would like to participate in the optional print trade, bring a matted print made to these specifications and turn it in during Registration:

    • Original print made using Alternative Photography printing process (please note the process used on the back of the print or under-mat)
    • Matted, maximum dimensions 16x20
    • Wrapped in plain paper

    We will use a ticket process (you will receive a ticket upon check-in) to randomly assign prints amongst those participating in the print trade.

    Optional Alt-Photo Print Display

    Bring along your Alternative Photography prints to display and share with attendees. There will be tables provided to layout and present your work.

    Tintype Portait Booth

    Tintype photo booth (weather dependent)
    We will have a tintype photo booth at the outdoor patio where you can get your photo taken with this historical process. You can experience what it was like getting your 4x5 inch portrait taken back in the 1850’s. Photos are by $50 Canadian donation. Net proceeds go to the The Pacifica Chapter of the Center for Photographic History and Technology.

    Museum Tour

    Vancouver City Archives Tour
    1150 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9 (next door to the Pacific Space Centre) You can tour the Vancouver City Archives which host a variety of records that document the city's history. The archivists ensure that these records are preserved so that future researchers, historians, and anyone interested in the story of Vancouver and its citizens can access these valuable primary and secondary sources. You can view how they preserve the images and some historical photographs from the turn of the century.

    Wet Plate Workshop

    Ambrotypes, Negatives, Albumen & Salt Printing
    Quinn Jacobson will be leading a seperate wet plate collodion 3 day workshop prior to the symposium. Complete details and registration can be found at