Frederich Scott Archer Amy brennan, michelle maclean, eilidh lindsay

Who are they?

Frederich Scott Archer was an English born inventor in the early 1800s.

What are they known for?

In 1851, he invented the 'Collodion Process'' - an early photographic process, also known as the ''collodion wet plate process'' as it involves coating, sensitizing and developing a clear, clean glass plate. This process would roughly take around 15 minutes all in. This video linked below shows how it would work.

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Ideas of how you could emulate this digitally (online tutorials,mind map)

The link to the page below by Michael Zhang directs you to a photoshop tutorial by Antti Karppinen of how to change a modern day digital portrait look like a portrait using the collodion process.

Digital Portrait Before
Digital Portrait Emulating Collodion Process

Examples of Original prints

Equipment Used

Clear glass was used with a light sensitive coat of Albumin, Gun cotton, powerful explosive, produced by soaking ordinary cotton, nitric and sulphuric acid. Substance was then dissolved in a substance of alcohol, either and potassium iodide to produce the syrpuy collodion that could be poured onto glass. This plate was then sensitised in a bath of silver nitrate solution and exposed in the camera whilst still wet.

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