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New acquisition: Peter Fraser’s collection of Martin Parr photobooks

This past Monday morning was a sad morning. It was the last Monday morning in a series of Monday mornings that I’ve been spending inside the headspace of Martin Parr. Starting the week by spending some quality time with this series of photobooks that we’ve recently acquired has meant that I’ve had a bit of…

20 November 2014new acquisitions Rare Book Collection

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 50: How to Varnish a Collodion Plate

Back in Week 15 of our Historical How-To’s, we created some collodion wet plate negatives. It is here that I must confess we did not actually finish the job. Any collodion photographer of the Victorian or modern age would tell you that if you want to keep your image you must varnish it. This is…

16 October 2014How-To's Photographic Collection

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 15: The Wet Collodion Process

For this week’s entry of 52-Weeks of Historical How-To’s we are looking at the wet-plate collodion on glass photographic process. The invention of the collodion process is credited to Frederick Scott Archer in 1851-1852. By 1855 T. F. Hardwich had published his first edition of “A Manual of Photographic Chemistry, Including the Practice of the…

6 February 2014How-To's Photographic Collection Rare Book Collection

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 3: Talbot’s Photogenic Drawing in The Pencil of Nature

From well before the time when William Henry Fox Talbot ventured into the realm of photographic experiments, the effects of silver nitrate, salts and light were known to several men of science. We credit Talbot with the invention of the photographic negative because it was his experiments which spurred a long line of successive developments…

14 November 2013Archives How-To's Photographic Collection Rare Book Collection