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Summer Speaker Series: The History of Photography by John and Christine Milleker

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Summer Speaker Series: The History of Photography by John and Christine Milleker

Jul 11, 2018

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July 11, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

John and Christine Milleker will present a history of photography from its inspirations in 1000 BC to modern times.  There will be hands-on items, prints and examples for display.

Weather permitting, there will be a tintype demonstration of No. 17 at the end of the lecture.

Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Please email Shawn at info@steamintohistory.com or call 717-942-2370 x101.  Suggested donation of $5.

The Summer Speaker Series will be presented in the gift shop at 2 W. Main Street in New Freedom, PA from 10:30 to 12:00.

Refreshments and light fare served before and after presentation.

With one foot in the 19th century and the other in the 21st century, John Milleker of Baltimore Maryland has a unique perspective on how photography not only helped shape the world, how it continues to help us understand the past through photographic evidence as well as continue to tell our story for future generations.

Mr. Milleker practices, teaches, demonstrates and lectures on nearly every photographic process in history; with his favorite being Wet Plate Collodion photography, commonly recognized as ‘Tintypes’ from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century.

“When I’m working with the latest in digital photography in my office or most of the historical photographic processes in my darkroom I really can’t share that experience but with a few people at a time. With Wet Plate I can perform mo st of the magic of the process outside in the sunlight, allowing a large crowd to gather around and see the exact moment when the photo clears to make the final image.”

Telling the story of how the chemistry and physics met to create accurately captured moments in time is a very important subject for Mr. Milleker and his wife, Christine who also works in many of the processes, especially kid friendly processes for her Kids’ Early Photography workshops.

“We have been blessed to be able to demonstrate and talk on the subject at many battlefields, historical locations, schools, clubs and more. Our biggest honor is the ability to speak on and demonstrate the process in Sharpsburg Maryland on the same spot where Alexander Gardner made the photos of the Battle of Antietam, which was the bloodiest single day in American History.”

With the outfits of a traveling photographic team, either a 10×10 canvas wall tent or 18×18 replica photography parlor tent with proper skylight and the wooden camera and darkroom, they travel nearly every weekend from Spring to Fall demonstrating the Wet Plate process to the public, and for a fee, making real tintype or ambrotype plates for spectators and fellow reenactors.

“There are now a lot of practitioners of the wet plate process, we’ve trained quite a few with our workshops and private lessons. It’s not terribly expensive or dangerous to use modern gear and modern chemical alternatives and get great images. When reenacting, however, we strive to use the same chemistry, recipes and equipment to be as historically accurate as possible. This includes expensive, dangerous chemistry and even wooden cameras, tripods and other equipment which must be constantly maintained even though parts haven’t been made for them in over a century.”

The Milleker’s schedule can be found on their website at www.JohnMilleker.com and their work from modern to historic can be found on their Facebook p age at http://www.facebook.com/johnmillekerphotography.

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Hand sanitizing stations are available at the ticket area, in the gift shop, and in restrooms.

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