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Wet Plate Collodion Photography - Frederick Archer

In honor of Frederick Scott Archer (1813–1857) , the inventor of the
Wet Plate Collodion photographic process, a new commemorative plaque
will be unveiled on his grave (Square 120 by the canal) on Saturday,
May 1, 2010. The Collodion Collective and World Wet Plate Day organized
and is sponsoring this event. There will be a live Wet Plate Collodion
demonstration, and an exhibition of Wet Plate Collodion work from
artists throughout the world at the Dissenters' Chapel from 24th April
to 8th May 2010.

Dissatisfied with the poor definition and contrast of the Calotype and
the long exposures needed, Scott Archer invented the new process in
1848 and published his process in 'The Chemist' in March 1851. This
enabled photographers to combine the fine detail of the Daguerreotype
with the ability to print multiple paper copies like the Calotype. This
single achievement, which preceded the modern gelatin emulsion, greatly
increased the accessibility of photography for the general public and
changed photography forever.

The ceremony is by invitation only. Please contact Quinn Jacobson
( or Carl Radford ( for more

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Comment by Carl Radford on March 7, 2010 at 10:32
Just to clarify the invitation only status is really so that we can provide Kensal Green with approx numbers for the event - if you wish to attend then please contact Quinn or myself as stated in the announcement. We wish the event to be open to all in the way that Scott Archer allowed his process to be.

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