Plate cameras are news here

Discussion in 'Plate Cameras and Accessories' started by Prest_400, May 25, 2009.

  1. Prest_400

    Prest_400 Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Med. Format RF
    While there was an old thread in the LF forum, I thought it would be more appropiate to post this here than reviving an old thread.

    Today, in the regional afternoon News bulletin (Telenotícies comarques of Tarragona, TV3/Televisió de Catalunya) shown a short report about people here using old processes.
    They shown "photographers using processes dating from XIX century" (ambrotypes and ferrotypes); they interviewed a pair of photographers using a plate view camera, they said it was 20x25/8x10"; with barrel brass lenses in their studio. A curious fact that I never heard around here is that they were using a steel structure that was holding the model's head still. It was possible to see how one of the photogs took the exposure with the barrel lens.
    The TV showed a bit of the process done in the darkroom. First, one of them showed how they coated the glass plates; "completely artesian process", she said. Later she put the exposed plate into a tank; then she said "now there's a part which has to be done in dark" and the screen showed the safelight. At last, they shown a closeup of the plate in a tray and how the image was appearing. She or the reporter said something like "the instant process of the XIX century" or "the polaroid of the XIX century".
    The last images shown their model and one of the photographers holding the plate next to her.

    While it didn't really explain everything of the process, it's nice that they show from time to time to Joe the consumer, that there are still analog photographers doing artesian processes.
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  2. archphoto

    archphoto Member

    Dec 14, 2008
    Holland and
    4x5 Format
    It shure is.
    That device for holding a head still I have seen in one of the old photographic almanacs I have.
    It was the only way to get a sharp potrait in a studio with 3 ASA film (or so).
    Those old processes are still alive, thank God !
    ....... I just got my Shen Hao to complement my Sinar P2 4x5/8x10.......

  3. Jim Noel

    Jim Noel Member

    Mar 6, 2005
    Large Format
    If you want to learn more about the wet plate process, go to the collodionforum.
  4. Robert Hall

    Robert Hall Member

    Aug 18, 2004
    Lehi, Utah
    8x10 Format
    Where were you when I needed a translator! I had a great time driving down the coast of Spain. Landed in Barcelona, went through Tarragona and photographed the ruins, then on down to Valencia.

    Great area up there.