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cfp: Don’t Press Print. De/Re-constructing the collodion process / call closes 15 August 2020

The announcement in The Chemist (March, 1851) of Frederick Scott Archer’s wet-collodion process transformed how photography was practiced professionally and by amateur photographers for much of the nineteenth century. Photography’s reach broadened socially, grew artistically and extended geographically.

Move forward to the 2000s and the wet-collodion process is, again, impacting photographic practice. It has been embraced by photographers and students who are using it for creative and artistic reasons. This has been supported by a growing number of practical workshops allowing people to experience and learn about the process.

This online symposium Don’t Press Print. De/Re-constructing the collodion process is organised by the Royal Photographic Society and the University of West of England’s Centre for Fine Print Research.  It will consist of one-day of papers, a part second day of poster presentations.

Papers and posters are sought for online symposium taking place over two days on 1 and 2 October 2020, which addresses, but is not limited to:


  • Historical overview of the development of the collodion process
  • Its impact on photography from 1851up to the present
  • Photographers and individuals associated with the process


  • Wet-collodion and print making today
  • Contemporary practitioners: their experiences and work
  • Collodion and digital hybrid models of working


Proposals of up to 500 words are required by 10 August and should be emailed to: In addition, the conference will take submissions for online posters until 1 September. Details and key dates are in this PDF download.

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