Wet-Plate Photography

Tintype – Stephen Brûlé

Toronto. PHSC Meeting, Wed, Sept 19 2018 at 7:00 pm
In the BURGUNDY ROOM of the Memorial Hall

Wet-Plate Photography – Stephen Brûlé
The technology of wet-plate photography was invented by Frederick Scott Archer in 1851. It replaced the first commercially  successful processes, the Daguerreotype and the salt paper negatives. Wet-Pate was used by Mathew Brady to record the American Civil War – a war that prompted the formation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867.

Stephen Brûlé, a graduate of Ryerson, is a Toronto photographer who works with the century and a half old wet-plate process. Join Stephen on September 19th and discover this remarkable process that once was the mainstay of photographers world-wide. The process was both an improvement over the earlier processes and a complication. Much better resolution than paper negatives, yet able to easily be replicated. Alternatives to prints were Ambrotypes and Tintypes that were made in camera and chemically reversed to make a positive.

The process was slow enough to require a tripod, even outdoors and complex enough to demand the camera negative remain wet until processed and developed. Sound familiar? Yes, it is embodied in our logo – the wet-plate man.

The public is always welcome. Go to our Programs page for directions.

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