Lindsey Ross: The Alchemistress January 20 2016, 0 Comments « Back to Blog


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A long, long, long, long time ago Henry William Jackson brought what is now called a mammoth plate camera but was then just called a camera, to Yellowstone National Park.  The photographs that he took showed the world that our wild Wyoming lands needed to be protected.  So thank you Henry.  And thank you Lindsey Ross for seeing the beauty in resurrecting this stunning method of capturing life and the people who live it.  Lindsey returns to a place that she once called home, Jackson, and brings with her the cameras that her and few other mavericks have rescued from history.  Asymbol is pleased to announce she will be hosting a demonstration of 'wet plate collodion' photography on January 21st, at 5:30pm & 7:45pm along with individual tintype portrait sessions at Asymbol Art + Essentials Gallery on the 22nd and 23rd from 10am to 9pm by appointment. Lindsey will be demonstrating the wet plate collodion process with her 5'x3' Levy Process camera from the 1920's - very few of these cameras are still operational in the world.  Portraits will be shot on her 11" x 14" Seneca Field camera from 1905 and they are gorgeous!  We had a little chat about what she does and why she does it...

 Photo: Ian Avery-Leaf

Asymbol: What exactly landed you behind such a unique piece of equipment? 

Lindsey Ross: I was pursuing a master in fine arts and came across some mug shots from the 1900's and became interested in the vintage processes of photography in that era.  Later on I found myself in an independent study learning underneath photography legend Luther Gerlach.  He works with a host of vintage cameras and processes and after assisting him in his shoots and learning the chemistry and rhythm of the process I was intrigued.  I love the idea of making things from scratch and being completely autonomous from manufacturers.  

Photos: Ian Avery:Leaf

Asy: You have been to Jackson numerous times to do tin type portraits, what makes this trip unique?

LR:  I will be demonstrating shooting with a mammoth plate camera that utilizes 20x24 inch plates.  It was made in the 1920’s and was intended for making enlargements and reproductions of original art work. The camera itself is 5x4 feet long, it is very big and difficult to move.  I bought it from Luther many years ago and have been restoring it for some time. 

Asy:  Why these methods?

LR: I like building things that aren't proprietary.  Camera companies have made it impossible to deviate from one type of product.  It should be more open than that.  I like to take raw materials and use them to make photographs. I use vintage cameras and processes to create contemporary photographs. 

Photo: Ian Avery:Leaf

Check out our local paper's write up on the event. 


 To learn more about Lindsey Ross check out her website: and follow her @thealchemistress