Wet plate photography by Giles Clement
In Portland, Oregon, Giles Clement practices the antique craft of wet plate photography. Although he has spent most of his career working with digital cameras, these days he’s been enjoying the messy wonder of his wet plate process.
The collodion process is an early photographic process, invented by Frederick Scott Archer. It was introduced in the 1850s and by the end of that decade it had almost entirely replaced the first practical photographic process, the daguerreotype. During the 1880s the collodion process, in turn, was largely replaced by gelatin dry plates—glass plates with a photographic emulsion of silver halides suspended in gelatin. The dry gelatin emulsion was not only more convenient but could be made much more sensitive, greatly reducing exposure times.
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