2016 Northwest Symposium for Alternative Process Photography

Keynote 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

Symposium Presenters

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Erin Malone

    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.

Presenter Bio

Blue Mitchell

(Born in Montana, US 1974)
Blue Mitchell is an independent publisher, curator, educator, and photographer. Based in Portland, Oregon, he has been involved with many facets of the photographic arts. After Mitchell received his BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft he started a publishing company (One Twelve Publishing) that focuses on artfully crafted photography. One Twelve’s photographic annual Diffusion is internationally distributed and respected. In 2015, One Twelve published their first monograph book Contact by large format photographer Jake Shivery. In addition to their printing endeavors, One Twelve also runs the online photographic gallery Plates to Pixels. Mitchell curates and juries exhibitions at notable galleries both nationally and internationally. Recently, Diffusion celebrated it’s 5th Anniversary Retrospective exhibition hosted by Verve Gallery of Photography in 2014 and Diffusion Annual Exhibition 2015 at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO.

In his personal work Mitchell implements many photographic techniques including toy cameras, pinhole, alternative processes, mixed media, and hand drawing. For the past ten years, Mitchell has been specializing in acrylic lifts (pigment transfers) on various substrates. Mitchell has taught this process in workshops at Newspace Center for Photography and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. His lift process and images have been published in the books Photographic Possibilities, 3rd edition and Alternative Photographic Processes: Crafting Handmade Images. Mitchell continues to show his work on a national level —most recently in Figments of Reality: An Exhibition of Contemporary Landscape Images at Verve Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, NM.

Additional Information:

Quinn Jacobson

Quinn Jacobson was born in America in 1964. He began his career as a photographer in the United States military in 1982. Quinn served in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman for three years (11C) and then as a Combat Photographer (84B) for three years (1982-1988).

In 1993, he received a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree (B.I.S.) in Photography, Visual Art and Communication from Weber State University, Ogden, Utah USA. In 2007, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree (M.F.A.) in Photography from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont USA.

Quinn has been working in historic photographic processes for almost two decades. He's used the wet collodion process (1851) for four major projects in that time period. He also works in Daguerreotypy (1839) and Calotypy (1839).

The first body of work he made was called, "Portraits From Madison Avenue". He worked on this from 2003 through 2006. The work was centered on "otherness" or people and places in the margins of society. Quinn calls this his “table legs” of concepts: memory, identity, difference, and justice.

In 2006, Quinn moved to Viernheim, Germany and started working on a new project. In the beginning it was titled, "Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass" and later changed to,"Vergangenheitsbewältigung" (struggling to come to terms with the past).

This was a personal investigation of the events surrounding the Shoah (Holocaust). The images also reflected the experiences and emotions identifying as a person of Jewish descent living in Germany. The work included portraits of Germans, Ausländer (foreigners), and landscapes, significant locations that are relevant to that period of history (destroyed Synagogues, etc.). The project was about place, memory, identity and indifference. Quinn calls it an extension of "Portraits of Madison Avenue", but on a much larger scale.

Both of the projects were shown in a major exhibition at Centre Iris Gallery for Photography in Paris, France. The show was called, "Glass Memories". The exhibition was up from from March to June, 2010. His last body of work called, "The American West Portraits" was shown at Centre Iris Gallery in Paris, France, in 2012. This work was made in Denver, Colorado. It was Quinn's interpretation on the people living in the Western United States after living abroad for several years.

Quinn has published four books:

  • "The Contemporary Wet Plate Collodion Photography Experience" 2006.
  • "Conferring Importance: Thoughts and Images About Identity, Difference and Memory" 2007.
  • "Chemical Pictures: The Wet Plate Collodion Photography Book & DVD" 2009.
  • "Chemical Pictures: The Wet Plate Collodion Photography Book (2nd Edition)" 2010.

He's probably best known for his part in the revival of the Wet Plate Collodion process in Europe. For five years (2006 - 2011), Quinn traveled throughout Eastern and Western Europe, evangelizing and teaching the Collodion process. From Glasgow to Barcelona and from Paris to Budapest, he taught hundreds of people the process. He taught in art schools, private studios, cultural centers and galleries. And now the hundreds of people he taught are teaching hundreds more. He organized and executed the project, “In Honor of Archer” in London, England where the inventor of the process, Fredrick Scott Archer, was honored with a placard on his grave (Kensal Green Cemetery). All of this has caused a renaissance of Wet Collodion in Europe. He recently traveled to China (2014) and opened the Collodion Collective Asia, as well.

He created and manages the largest, and most active, Collodion Forum Board ( on the web (since 2003).

He’s currently (2013-2017) working on a new project titled, "Ghost Dance: Native American Massacre Sites”.

Additional Information:

Clare O'Neill

Working in mixed media Clare O'Neill combines her photographs with pigments, wax, and oils, which adds a sense of mystery and intrigue to her contemporary photo encaustic paintings. Clare uses rich imagery, bold brush strokes, and playful drips to create paintings full of gesture, spontaneity, and motion. It’s a labor-intensive process where the photographs are printed on tissue paper in multiple pieces, and then carefully embedded into the layers of hot beeswax. The result—a stunning, modern, ethereal design with a warm textural appeal.

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Erin Malone

Growing up military, without a solid place to call home, much of my work expresses a longing for grounding. This is a running thread appearing in several projects. There is a moody, dreamy quality to several of the projects that are a conscious manifestation of the subconscious. Ethereal, foggy, romantic and separation from the subject are all ideas that I can trace back to growing up rootless and being infused with a wandering spirit searching for home.

Working primarily with film, vintage, plastic and lensless cameras and in historic and alternative processes, I select the camera, film/or not, and final print process as an extension of the intent of the imagery.

Located in San Francisco, California, my photos have been shown in group and juried exhibitions across the United States, they have won several awards and are in a few private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. My work has been featured in publications such as B&W Magazine, Diffusion, Light Leaks and San Francisco Magazine and the San Francisco PBS produced program KQED Quest.

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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 Booth

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

Wet Plate Collodion Workshop with Quinn Jacobson

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

Event Details & Registration

Hosted at the H.R. MacMillian Space Centre
In beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia
September 17-18th, 2016
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.

Event Price

 Regular $150.00 USD per person

 Students/Educators $95.00 USD per person

 Educators are Elementary, Middle, High School and Collecge / University Teachers

Event Registration

Please contact to register and for additional information. Symposium fee can be paid by PayPal (preferred), or check in advance. Space is limited - payment in advance required to guarantee your participation.

Symposium Registration Form - Complete and email to

Pay $150.00 USD Registration Fee Online:

To pay in Canadian Funds, use the 'Send Money' method of payment via PayPal and send funds to filling in the payment amount of $190 CAD for regular registration or $120 CAD for student / educator registration. Students and Educators - contact to arrange payment, with information on your school.

Location & Directions

Symposium events will be held at the H.R. MacMillian Space Centre at 1100 Chestnut Street (Vanier Park),Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6J 3J9

Hotel Accomodations

A block of rooms for September 16 through 18 is being held for symposium registrants at the Park Inn & Suites by Radisson Vancouver ( through July 31 at a rate of $179.00 CDN per night. Reservations can be made by phone at 604-872-8661; or by email at Please quote the Group Name 'Pacifica Altphoto' to access the rates and availability. Guests will be required to provide their credit card number to guarantee their reservations. Cancellations will need to be made (at no charge) 7 days prior to arrival date.

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Symposium Agenda

Saturday September 17th

9:00am - 10:00am

  • Symposium Registration, meet & greet, snack & refreshments

10:00am- 10:15am

  • Welcome from CPHT-Pacifica

10:15am - 11:45am

  • Keynote Speaker - Blue Mitchell

11:45am - 1:30pm

  • Lunch break

1:30pm - 3:15pm

  • Speaker & Demo - Quinn Jacobson - Wet Plate Collidion

3:30pm - 5:00pm

  • Print Trade Distribution
  • Print Sharing & Display
  • Tintype Photo Booth (On Patio weather permitting)
Sunday September 18th

10:00am - Noon

  • Print Sharing & Display
  • Tintype Photo Booth (On Patio weather permitting)
  • Vancouver City Photo Archives Tour / Historical City Photos

Noon - 1:30pm

  • Lunch break

1:30pm - 3:15pm

  • Speaker & Demo - Clare O'Neill - Encaustic Wax

3:15pm - 3:30pm

  • Break

3:30pm - 4:45pm

  • Erin Malone

4:45pm - 5:00pm

  • Closing Remarks