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Inspiration: Ambrotype photography

Silkscreening allows us to print onto any material we want: paper, fabric, wood. Discovering ambrotypes made us wonder: what if we tried printing onto glass?

Ambrotypes are a type of photograph made by putting a piece of coated glass directly into the camera and exposing it. Like polaroids, each photo is one of a kind, made in the moment, unlike a negative that can be reprinted. Sometimes cobalt, sometimes ruby colored glass was used. Sometimes the glass was backed with black velvet. The thicker the glass was, the more depth the image had.

Ambrotypes overtook daguerrotypes in popularity in the 1850s. They were cheaper and didn’t have a shiny metallic surface that made them hard to view. But, by the 1860s, the tintype became more popular. The metal based photos weren’t breakable, didn’t need mounting in a protective case, and they could be handed to customers right away. Luckily, the photographers above are bringing the method back in a beautiful way.

Photo credits from top: Instagram users vladimir_vork, tdelooza, thealchemistress, tdelooza, thecollodioncollective, lordlowe, jankratochvil_com

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Don’t #worry be #happy. This is a #painting of the #Ambrotype #backside #collodion #Trebic #beautiful #niece #Adela #February 2015 #wetplatephotography #collodionhumide #sandarac #varnish (v místě jankratochvil.com)

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Delphine Dauphy - Autour du lac