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Tuition fee 154,000 yen

Time required 5 to 6 hours each time

Date and time July → 17th, 24th, 31th

Number of receptionists 4 * Registration will end as soon as the capacity is reached.

​ Takeaway contents Several glasses, one camera, one holder each time

What to bring Clothes or apron towels that can get dirty

​ * All tools and chemicals other than the camera will be prepared here.

​ Classroom course

In the classroom course, we will conduct wet plate photography training three times a month. We aim to be able to do the entire work process from polishing the glass to finishing varnishing. The May section is scheduled for the 7th, 14th and 21st, and the June section is scheduled for the 10th, 17th and 24th . Capacity is 4 people each time. The reception will end as soon as the capacity is reached. After taking the course, you will be able to rent the lab space of Akatsuki Shabo (weekdays only).

Course content

Week 1 Glass polishing, collodion application, photography, varnishing

2nd week silver nitrate bath, development, 1st week repetitive practice, technique establishment

3rd week Establishing technology, bringing a subject to create a work

After taking the course, I aim to be able to make wet plate photographs using the lab space of Akatsuki Shabo. It is not a dream to take a wet plate photo at home by having you go through. By all means, let's start the wet plate photography life with us.

Welcome to Shippan Labo

A photograph invented in England in 1851, a wet plate photograph. Read as Shippan Shashin. Fascinated by this beautiful photograph that leaves an image on the glass, Akatsuki Shabou started a project dealing with wet plate photography in 2018. Since then, I have gained various experiences such as commemorative photography, workshops, and work production. From the beginning of the activity, I was vaguely thinking "I want to deliver the wet plate photograph to future generations". To make that happen, Shippan Labo was founded by ​ to provide an opportunity for more people to make it.

At Shippan Labo, we will conduct research, workshops and training on wet plate photography. Let's make a wet plate photo with us and deliver it to the future.

What is a wet plate photo in the first place?

The photo of Ryoma Sakamoto is the most famous. It was imported into Japan at the end of the Edo period and spread all over the country. The characteristics of wet plate photography include making a photosensitive plate in a dark room immediately before shooting, resting for a few seconds during shooting, and leaving an image directly on the glass plate of the shot photo. In addition, the image quality is high-definition, and the resolution is equal to or higher than that of modern digital cameras.In the finished photo, you can feel the indescribable taste and the weight and mass that modern photos do not have. ​ Also, since it cannot be copied, the glass photograph taken is unique. ​

​ Wet plate The dedicated camera, which is a photography tool, is only in the museum, and there are few usable ones. Even if it does, it requires a lot of maintenance. It is also possible to modify and use a used camera from the dry plate or film era after the wet plate photography, but it requires some knowledge and cost. We also faced this problem when we started wet plate photography.

To solve this, we are developing tools. The cameras and holders used in Shippan Labo are all original. The design is very simple, so even beginners can easily handle it.

Wet plate photography tools

Click here for details on the camera development project → Shippan Redesign Project

One-day course

Experience fee 88,000 yen

Time required 5 to 6 hours

Capacity 4 people

​ Takeaway content 2 glasses, 1 camera, 1 holder

What to bring Clothes or aprons that can get dirty

​ * All tools and chemicals other than the camera will be provided here.

In the one-day experience course, all the processes of wet plate photography will be done with a technician. Gishi will support you, so please feel free to join us (high school students and above). ​ Wet plate Please bring two photos, a camera and a holder. For those who want to take pictures that are a bit different from digital, or to commemorate your trip to Kyoto. Participation by multiple people is also welcomed. Please make a reservation in advance.

Experience content

​ Wet plate Part or all of the work process in the photo.

​Glass polishing, collodion application,

* This course is not intended to acquire skills. If you want to learn, please choose the classroom course.

​ Workshop to bring back the camera

​Shippan Labo's workshop will bring your camera and holder home. When not using it as a tool, keep it as a photo stand or interior. And when you want a new one, please use it as a tool again.​ This camera was born from a project called Shippan Redesign . The theme of this project is to create modern wet plate photographs and pass them on to the future.The reason why I have the camera stored is also to use it when the wet plate photos are about to be cut off or when it is difficult to procure tools. Don't give up on the wet plate photo because you can't get the tools. We would appreciate it if you could participate in the project by keeping one and one. First of all, let's make a unique piece together.

​ Camera and holder set used in the workshop. The holder can be used as a photo stand.

​ Click here to purchase the camera only → Shippan Shop