Wet Plate Portraits with Robert Burke Raby

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As part of our exhibition Vintage Pop: Part 1, we are organizing Wet Plate Portrait sessions with Robert Burke Raby on two Fridays in the month of April!

Wet plate collodion (or sometimes known as tintype when poured onto a sheet of black anodized aluminium) is an early photographic process that was invented in 1851. Unlike the instant gratification you get from its digital counterpart today, analogue photography like wet plate collodion takes approximately 15 minutes from start to finish as longer exposure times and complex developing methods are required before results could be seen.

Each monochromatic image that is rendered is unique and one-of-a-kind. Using mainly silver, collodion, light and an extra serving of alchemy, your image will be immortalized onto a 4 x 5-inch (10.16 x 12.7 cm) metal plate which will last around 100-200 years.

This is not merely a photoshoot as you will be invited to join in this interactive process to watch your image reveal itself in the fixing bath and our photographer will also take you through a short history on early photography as well.

See you all for the shoot:)

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