Shane Balkowitsch is a self-taught collodion photographer who shoots exclusively using the process. He who believes that "Art can be a weapon for change and we artists have the ability to wield it at will". He will be showing how he creates his images and will examples of his work.
In 2012 Balkowitsch began researching the process of wet plate photography after reading a manual on the subject by tintype photographer John Coffer. With little experience in photography, Balkowitsch experimented with the process and took his first successful photo the same year. Since then he has produced over 4,200 plates and his work has appeared in numerous publications. He holds demonstrations in North Dakota with the use of a portable darkroom. He uses an Italian made Alessandro Gibellini 8x10 inch folding camera in the studio. He uses Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm and 360mm lenses.
Shane recently donated a stunning 8 x 10 inch black glass ambrotype portrait of Maiden Pouring Milk (shown above) to the RPS Collection in Bristol. His most recent book is North Plains Native Americans: A modern wet plate perspective vol 2 (2022).
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