Wet Plate Collodion

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    Ian McNab

    Invented in the 1850s, the collodion process was the main method for making photographs for about 30 years, until the gelatin dry plate was invented in the 1880s. In recent years, wet-plate collodion has made a bit of a come-back. Of course, perhaps the most famous modern exponent of wet-plate collodion is Sally Mann. But many other modern photographers have used it, among them our own member, Peter Hrebien.

    I recently came across wet-plate collodion portraits by Mark Luscombe-Whyte:


    Don McCullin   © Mark Luscombe-Whyte

    You can see more of his work here (click picture to start gallery).

    Wet-plate collodion portraits have a timeless and strangely intense quality. I hope you enjoy Mark Luscombe-Whyte’s, and do a quick search for more on the web.



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