Last year I wrote an article for Black and White photography magazine on Mark & Kristen Sink’s stunning wet plate collodion imagery (see here). As is the case with the majority of ‘physically’published articles I have written over the years, one is restricted to a word count and therefore it is not possible to include all parts of a particular interview. The full unedited version is below together with a selection of some of their wet plate imagery which will be on view at the couple’s upcoming exhibition at the Robin Rice Gallery in New York that runs from 15th January to February 24. If you have even the remotest interest in alternative photographic processes and are in the area this is a show not to be missed, the original plates are something to behold.
Auguste Rodin lived from 12 November 1840 untill 17 November 1917 was a famous French sculptor. Rodin as a sculptor also made use of photographs of his models. In his days surely he must have seen (and perhaps even used) wetplate collodion photographs.
Inspired by many of his works I have managed to produce this series with (mostly) professional models. In my studio Together we have explored the boundaries of the art of motionless posing ranging from five to ten seconds.
This has been for all of us a hard working but great fun and very learning experience,
resulting in my very first wetplate collodion series in the Summer and Fall of 2011
Will and Norm get their portraits taken at Photobooth, a unique photo studio in San Francisco that shoots tintype photographs. Learn about the technical and chemical details behind this 1800s photography technique, and how it produces truly one-of-a-kind photographs.
The NEW Scully & Osterman Collodion Manual ORDERS WILL BEGIN SHIPPING ON JUNE 11, 2012
This is a complete rewrite of the The Wet Plate Process, A Working Guide, 2011, now titled Basic Collodion Technique: Ambrotype & Tintype. The original manual, written in 1994, was 25 pages and featured the first complete instructions of the collodion process to a modern audience. The new version is 56 pages, has more basic theory, a color chart and a valuable trouble shooting section titled Out of the Fog, that is worth the purchase price alone!
One of the coolest additions to this year's 99% Conference was an incredible TinType Photobooth presented by Pentax, where photographer Michael Shindler shot portraits of speakers, staff, and attendees. Made by hand on 4" x 5" metal plates, tintypes are unique images that capture the intensity of the individual personality in the tradition of 19th-century photography. Or, put another way, they transform respectable creatives into hard-bitten bank robbers, coal miners, and cowboys.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Allan Barnes who showed me a beautiful and re-emerging medium called wet plate collodion. A process which infuses plates of tin and/or glass with a photographic emulsion of silver halides suspended in gelatin and creates a dazzling effect. For those unfamiliar with the process, take a minute and sit down with Allan and discover this beautiful form as he explains it in his own words.
Wet plate photography is alive and well in the USA. The current issue of Vignette features the first UK article on Robyn Hasty’s wet plate road trip – Homeland. A very different photographer using the medium is Gayle Stevens, whose Allegory plates are unlike anything we have seen before.
- Platform for wet plate collodion photographer on facebook. - Only for photographers who practice this process. - No fans & tourists please ! - When you "burn"for wet plate collodion this is your right place ! - Ask not what this group can do for you - ask what you can do for this group ! - Only wet plate topics ! - Black paws for ever ! - All picture under the copyright of the photographer
Photographer Kevin Klein set out to build the world smallest wet plate camera. Not only it is beautifuly crafted, it actually works. The camera takes tiny pictures using a simple double convex Kevin Salvaged from his collection.