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Glass Negatives & The Collodion Wet Plate

1851 - 1880's


The glass negative was sharp and the prints made from it produced fine detail. The photographer could also produce several prints from one negative.
Glass Negatives: the Collodion Wet Plate

Glass Negatives: the Collodion Wet Plate

State Archives of Florida
In 1851, Frederick Scoff Archer, an English sculptor, invented the wet plate. Using a viscous solution of collodion, he coated glass with light-sensitive silver salts. Because it was glass and not paper, this wet plate created a more stable and detailed negative.

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