Frankly, there are photographers today still using antique cameras because they provide detail and warmth – something digital cameras often fail to capture. I have many examples of dopplegangers plus there have been many circulated on the internet showing the likeness between modern actors and people photographed 150 years ago.From my own collection, here are some photographs that I can guarantee were not photoshopped or faked.
The wet plate photographic process is well documented for capturing clear, detailed and layered images that show depth and warmth.
See below the photographs for further reading about the heady, early days of photography.
Karen Berry, Livingston, East Lothian, Scotland, for allowing me to reproduce a photograph used on the poster for the Exhibition of Work by Members of Edinburgh Photographic Society, on display at the Fine Art Library at Edinburgh Central Library in November 2012.
Colin Bingham, Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, for allowing me to reproduce photographs taken around Edinburgh from the early-1950s.
Additional Resources The American Museum of Photography Tintype Photographs via Collectors Weekly Identifying Antique Photos via Photo Tree History of Photographic Processes via The British Library Video on the Wet Plate Collodion Process via J.
Dagmawi Abebe, Los Angeles, California, USA, for allowing me to reproduce a painting of John Horsburgh by Edith M Horsburgh.
Matthew Brady – one of the most well known and respected photographers of the 19th century – made startling and detailed images of the American Civil War which stunned the public.
Also, it is silly to think that advances in lenses, collodion processing, wet and dry plate technology, and shutter speed were only made after the turn of the century.
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