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Workshop - Mark and France Scully Osterman - Italy

  • 2 Via Vittimaro Castelbuono, Sicilia, 90013 Italy (map)

Contact: Gianni Cusumano

Price: $2200

Date: 5/27/2019 - 5/31/19


Additional Info: Dry Collodion Negative Workshop and Salt Printing Process

If you're ready to experience large format and alternative process photography, ancient scenery and amazing food, this is a rare opportunity. This George Eastman Museum workshop will be taught by Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman on location in Sicily, Italy. The Ostermans are well known to the international photographic community as the leading experts in wet collodion. 

Unlike wet collodion, this workshop features a rare dry variant of the collodion process introduced in the mid-1850s. Designed specifically for landscape photography, the technique allows shooting collodion negatives in the field without the use of a portable darkroom as required for wet collodion photography. The sensitive plates may be kept for several months before exposure making them the perfect medium for travel photography. 

In this unique workshop, participants will receive instruction in the basic chemistry and concept of the process, hands-on instruction in the preparation, exposure and processing of 8x10” negatives and making final proofs with salt prints. All instructional information is supplied including the manual, Scully & Osterman Basic Collodion Technique and supplemental instructions specific to wet and dry collodion negative making. George Eastman Museum Workshop aprons are also given to all participants. 

On the first day, the Ostermans will guide you in making dry plate collodion negatives in the darkroom at Gianni Cusumano laboratory in the center of Castelbuono, Sicily. 

For the next 3 days, participants will shoot on location using a large format 8"x10" view camera. Three destinations include Cefalù and Petralia Soprana The group will return to the darkroom at the end of each shooting session to develop the plates with the instructors.
On the last day, participants will make salted paper prints from their best negatives. (For more details on the destinations or workshop itinerary click on highlighted words.)

Lodging, Food and Transportation
Lodging, food and transportation to and from the laboratory is included in the cost of the workshop. 
Lodging and food include: 6 nights accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner. The rooms are comfortable double/triple room. Single rooms are available for an additional fee. To request single room, please email for prices and availability before booking.
Accommodations will be held at Agriturismo Bergi, an educational farm and B&B with twenty acres of gardens, orchards and olive groves. Using local products, the hosts highlight ancient flavors of healthy Sicilian kitchen. The farm is two miles away from the laboratory where the workshop will take place.

Location Information 
The workshop will be held at Gianni Cusumano laboratory located in the center of Castelbuono, a town in the Metropolitan City of Palermo in Sicily. Castelbuono owes its origins to Ventimiglia, Lords of the County of Geraci, which in the 14th century decided to build a castle. Its position is important at the foot of the beautiful valley Madonie, inhabited in the Neolithic and rich in Greek, Roman and Arabic testimonies.

The closest airport is Palermo Airport “Falcone Borsellino” located 35 km from Palermo. 

BUS: The cheapest way to get from Palermo to Castelbuono is by bus, “SAIS Trasporti” all from Palermo's bus station at the train station (p.zza Cairoli). 
Bus schedule:
Palermo Airport - Palermo Central Station 8.00 euro
Palermo Central station - Castelbuono 8.60 euro

TAXI: The fastest way from the airport to to Castelbuono is a taxi; approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Palermo Airport to Castelbuono -cost is about 100 - 150 euro

TRAIN: Another option is to get a train from Palermo station to Cefalù and then take a bus or taxi from there to Castelbuono. Train information:

Tuition and Booking
The cost for the 5 day workshop (with lodging and food included) is 2.200 euro (bank's fee excluded if provided).

To reserve a space in the workshop, participants must pay the total cost in advance. For details on how to make a payment, please email Gianni Cusumano at

Withdrawal from the workshop by March 15, 2019 will result in a full refund minus a 100 euro processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations after March 15th. If the workshop is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire tuition will be fully refunded. Hosts are not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees.

For questions regarding the workshop and itinerary contact Mark & France,

For lodging, local travel and payment: contact Gianni,