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At 14:08 on January 15, 2018, Tony Richards said…

Hi Tom,

I shoot wet plate collodion and paper negs in the 12x15. I do have some boxes of1950s Ilford dry plates to experiment with, but this year will be trying to concentrate on Calotypes.

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Returning the 1888 Chapman camera to use

Restoration has been kept to the minimum needed to make the camera light-proof and usable: all the interventions are reversible. Rather than fit new bellows, leaks have been repaired with removable strips of gaffer tape (inside the bellows) and splits in the dark slides have been repaired with wax fillers.

Originally, the camera had no shutter: the…


Posted on April 10, 2018 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

A J. T. Chapman 'British' 15 x 12" camera of c1888

This is the start of a series about restoring and photographing with a nineteenth-century stand camera - and the outcomes of the experience. The story began in 2010 when I was given a 15” x 12” Victorian camera, with the words “who knows, you might be able to get it working again.”  It was a generous gift and I had admired the camera from a distance for years.…


Posted on January 9, 2018 at 10:30 — 1 Comment


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