Photography on collodion

Photograph is manually formed with the original technique from the the 19th century called collodion wet plate process.

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The word collodion means in the Czech language kolodium.
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Wet Plate Collodion Process

Wet collodion process meant in photography main stream from the fifties to the eighties of the 19th century. The glass photographs were produced as negatives and positives. In the basic nomenclature for the resulting positive picture we mostly use the term ambrotype (collodion photographs on glass plate lying on a dark background) and ferrotype (collodion photographs created on the metal plate, painted with asphalt), there are more names variations like tintype, aluminotype, melainotype (a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or ename). So with that technique we can get the immediate result - direct positive picture as we know from the negative film material (eg. 35 mm film) transfered on the photo paper. Simply said, the photographer took the picture and the customer could receive in a relatively short time his/her finished photo - something like current Polariod instant film. The instant film, which is pulling out of the camera and film that immediately develops after a picture is taken.

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Picture creation with the wet plate collodion process

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Wet plate collodion presentations

For various social events and educational programs can be presented wet collodion process, including a sample photo session.



People interested in wet collodion process and everything about it. Im occasionally offering individual workshops. My workshops can be performed in English, German or Czech language.


My photo samples on collodion


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