Wet-Collodion (Tintype) Portraits

Tintype photos. At left 2 women. At right a man
Tintype photos. At left Christine Shank. At right, Jon Yamashiro

Date: June 12-14, 2020 (Summer)
Medium: Photography
Instructor: Jon Yamashiro (email)
Skill Level: All

In this course we will use the wet collodion process to produce photographs on aluminum plates (tintypes). We will work to use this historic photographic process to make one of a kind contemporary portraits.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Miami University has officially cancelled all face-to-face classes for the first summer term. This unfortunately means that CraftSummer must cancel our program scheduled for April and June.

Currently we are in the process of rescheduling some workshops to run towards the end of July. We will update our website as soon as we have dates and classes lined up.

We are also exploring the concept of creating workshop style classes to be offered online with the hopes of having a few classes available this year. It will include personal instruction, demos, live critiques and live feedback from the instructors. More info will follow soon.

We wish you well. Stay safe.


Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.


Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $100-200*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.


About the Instructor

Jon Masuo Yamashiro was born the oldest son and raised as a third generation Okinawan American in the “cultural pastiche” of Honolulu, Hawaii. He traveled from the islands to study at Washington University in St. Louis and received his BFA in 1985, then went on to earn an MFA in photography from Indiana University in 1991. Since the fall of 1993, he has had the privilege of teaching photography to college students at Miami University. Jon lives in Liberty, Indiana with his wife Jennifer and their daughter Lydia (19) and son Luke (16).