… currently enjoying the number of contemporary photographers using vintage processes …
Freedom by Zelko Nedic
Wet Plate Collodion
Historically, the popularity of the wetplate process was short-lived . From its invention by Frederick Scott Archer in 1851 the process flourished until the introduction of dry plates in the early 1880s . Aside from the ever-present safety issues of the process , having a darkroom nearby is the largest hurdle to overcome when attempting wetplate collodion . Collodion process is a very inconvenient form which required the photographic material to be coated , sensitized , exposed and developed within the span of a few minutes , necessitating a portable darkroom for use in the field .Today, a wetplate revival is occurring , sparked largely through interest in Living History and the imaging revolution centered around digital technology. As journalistic, commercial, and amateur photography markets have shifted towards digital, fewer conventional products remain available. This shift has led some art photographers to rediscover the beautiful wetplate collodion process.