About Wet Plate Collodian process
The wet plate collodion process is an early photographic process introduced in the 1850s by Frederick Scott Archer. It consisted of three basic types: Ambrotypes (positive images on clear or opaque glass); Ferrotypes (positive images on black-jappaned metal); Glass Plate Negatives (negative images on clear glass used for printing). In the wet-plate collodion process a glass or metal plate is coated with a salted collodion emulsion, and sensitized in a silver nitrate bath. It is then exposed “in-camera,” developed and “fixed,” and then varnished, resulting in the final image. Because it requires “in-camera” exposures, each image is one-of-a kind, and the image is shot directly onto the plate surface.
About Greg Martin
Greg Martin is an artist and designer who grew up on the eastside of Cleveland and currently resides in South Euclid, Ohio. He has been using the wet plate collodion process as a means of artistic exploration and expression since 2005. His fascination with the cityscape of Cleveland manifests itself in a series of images exploring the city as filtered through the wet plate collodion process. He has exhibited work in a variety of group shows throughout Ohio as well as upstate New York, and his work resides in several collections, including that of Fred and Laura Bidwell.
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