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Frederick Scott Archer and The Wet Collodion Process

If you click on the link at the right about Frederick Scott Archer you can read a fascinating story about a man who generously gave this ground breaking process free to the world. Maybe it is because I watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics but I was reminded of Tim Berners-Lee and his generosity.



Posted on August 1, 2012 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Silver Footprint

Recently I watched Silver Footprint a film about legendary black & white printer Robin Bell. The film provides a great opportunity to see this master craftsman demonstrate his skill and vision in the darkroom. Bell has printed for many well-know photographers and so many iconic images have had his expert eye and technical proficiency added to them.

It is available…


Posted on April 2, 2012 at 22:30

Hurley & Ponting ( The Heart of the Great Alone)

Last week I went to see the exhibition at the Royal Collection that I found deeply moving for a number of reasons. It was the first time that I had seen the two photographers work exhibited side-by-side and it is a testament to both photographers of the quality of the work but of the men themselves. Ponting's work clearly the more creative of the two with its breath taking vistas and sensitive framing left me a…


Posted on March 19, 2012 at 9:16 — 2 Comments

Great Masters

I found this and thought it might be of interest. 50 Masters, I will probably go.

If it is worth a look I will let you know.

I have enjoyed the blog and there have been some good posts. 

Posted on November 2, 2011 at 20:49 — 1 Comment

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At 0:57 on January 3, 2011, Andrew J. Currie said…
Hi Nicholas. In reply to your question about my home made camera, the lens in the uploaded photo is a Shneider-Kreuznach I borrowed from my mentor. I have since built my own lens from a cheapo double-convex element and some wood and foamcore, and I use cardboard for stops. I also built a guillotine shutter for it. The lensboards can be changed, so I can use both lenses, plus a pinhole lensboard. As for images, I can use ordinary 4x5 sheet film or I can use hand-coated glass or metal plates. I use Rockland's dry-plate ambrotype process for that. When I get a chance, I'll upload some scanned-in samples.

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