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Hurley et al

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Naming conventions for photo processes
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John Davies commented on Geoff Barker's blog post Freeman Brothers Photographic Studio - large format glass plates
"Hi, In the 1970s, the studio was managed by a Canadian, Rick Sherwin who was very interested in its history. If you can find him, he may have some information. Regards John Davies"
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Skills of the wet collodion photographer

I am looking for a little advice!
As the wet collodion plate was coated by the operator, what advice was given in the literature on techniques to produce an even coating. Was the plate tilted and rotated, or spun? Was there a recommendation on the viscosity of the liquid?
I believe it may have been brushed on producing characteristic streak marks.
Any thoughts or even first hand experiences?
John Davies

Posted on April 9, 2010 at 12:36 — 1 Comment


I am writing a short article on the darker side of photography in Oz during the 19C - very short as we were well behaved in the Colonies! Would anyone have a photo of a Stanhope I may use, with due acknowledgment?
Many thanks
John Davies
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Posted on April 7, 2009 at 7:52

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At 15:24 on October 13, 2010, Andrew Sanderson said…
I don't know that name. The person most prominenent in paper negative (historically) that I am aware of is William Mortensen.
At 8:56 on August 23, 2009, John Davies said…
It has been published - Photographic Trader No 140, p 26.

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