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Event: A day of reconstructions and demonstrations

The Royal Photographic Society's Historical group is presentating a day of reconstructions and demonstrations on 7 July in Bath...Roger Smith, a member of the Scientific Instrument Society has made a facsimile of the Wolcott and Johnson mirror camera, following as closely as possible the patent filed by Richard Beard.  David Burder will use the camera to demonstrate the daguerreotype process. This is probably the first time that a Wolcott camera has been used to make a daguerreotype since the early 1840s. 

There will be other demonstrations of early processes and prints, including wet-plate collodion (Guy Brown) and the bromoil process (Brian Iddon). Examples of prints resulting from some of the early processes will be provided by Donald Stewart.

This is a day devoted to notoriously unpredictable  processes - nothing is promised but an exciting day out.

The cost of £15 for non-Group members and booking is essential as space is limited.  


To see more and to book click here.

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Comment by Alan Bekhuis on August 25, 2015 at 22:04

Other views of the camera.

Comment by Alan Bekhuis on August 25, 2015 at 21:53

Not the first time a Wolcott replica camera was used to a modern daguerreotype.  Around 2005 Ray Morgenwreck from the Star Camera Company made one which ended up with Grant Romer at the Eastman house.  In 2007 Mike Robinson did historic process workshop at GEH using the instructions laid out in the original manual to the daguerreotype (Iodine only sensitisation and circular polishing with rottenstone).  Attached are images of the resulting plates and one of the camera. 

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