Joining Art and Science With Photographic Processes

Artist, educator and chemist France Scully Osterman offers a program, “Joining Art and Science Through Alternative Photographic Processes,” April 7 at 5 p.m. in the Berman Museum of Art Front Gallery. She will speak about her series, “Nature’s Second Course.”

France Scully Osterman

The wet-plate collodion process.

Osterman, an artist, lecturer and guest scholar at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, N.Y., speaks on photographic processes, the chemistry behind them and the works of art she produces with them.

With her husband, Mark, the Ostermans have evolved as historians and modern masters of a wide variety of historic (alternative) photography, most notably, the wet-plate collodion process (pictured.)

The current artistic revival of collodion photography is a direct result of their influence. They were the leaders in exhibiting and publishing their work as artists in the early 1990s, openly sharing their knowledge through lectures, publications, workshops and tutorials. Photograph conservators, collectors, museum curators and the most advanced collodion photographers turn to the Ostermans for information.

France Scully Osterman works and teaches in their skylight studio, and gives lectures and workshops at universities and museums in the U.S. and internationally. More information can be found on their website: