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Wet plate collodion is a photographic process invented by Frederick Scott Archer in 1851. Prior to this the two main methods of photography had been the daguerreotype and the calotype, both of which had drawbacks. The daguerreotype produced sharp images but were one of a kind, duplication wasn't possible. The calotype was capable of any number of copies but the images were slightly soft because of the paper fibres in the negative. Archers process solved these problems with his wetplate process allowing for the first time multiple copies of sharp images.

Sunday 1st May is World Wetplate Day - see: To celebrate this photographic artists John Brewer and Tony Richards invite you to their new studio dedicated to early photographic practices in Ancoates, Manchester between 11.00am and 4.00pm. Come and see the process take place, talk with the artists and have your portrait taken as it was done 130+ years ago. See: DarkboxStudios.pdf 

Contact: John Brewer M 07740 737 997
Tony Richards M 07742 026 447

The Darkbox Studio
32 Wellington House
Pollard Street East
Manchester M40 7FT

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