Will Dunniway has been a American History re-enactor for the past 25 years. It was while re-enacting the 125th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, that he watched with fascination as John Coffer and Claude Levet worked their collodion magic. As a serious historian, professional designer and photographer he knew he was watching the perfect blend of his abilities and interests. He talked with John and in the summer of 1990 apprenticed under him and later under Claude Levet. Since 1990 Will has practiced this art of collodion primarily on the west coast working in the Gold Rush, Old West and Civil War events. He has also worked with Columbia Pictures making ambrotypes for Francis Ford Coppola in the movie ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ and made tintypes for the ‘Peanuts’ Schulz families wedding of Charles eldest son, Monte. This wedding was voted to be the 1997 BEST wedding event of the world.
Today, Will has stopped doing re-enactments. Now he has branched into the world of art/photography using this wet collodion process to make his views of western landscapes. He also teaches this wet plate collodion process around the world.
See his other web site at: www.dunniway.com.