3 Spooky Photos from the Vault

Posted by on Oct 31 2012 | Photography

Our assistant curator of photographs, Jessica Johnston sent over a few ghoulish photographs from our collection. History shows we’ve been spooking for hundreds of years…from the Eastman House Vault:

Unidentified Photographer Trick photo, decapitated man with bloody knife, head in hand ca. 1875 albumen print with applied color Museum Purchase


Unidentified Photographer Curious Photo ca. 1880 albumen print Gift of Alden Scott Boyer


William H. Mumler (1832 -1884, American) Spirit photograph - man with spirit of a woman who holds an anchor across his heart ca. 1865 albumen print carte-de-visite 9.5 x 5.6 cm. Gift of Harold Schuler




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Photographic Process 3.0: The Albumen Process

Posted by on Jun 20 2012 | Photography

In part 3.0 of our photo process series we’re looking at the Albumen Process. We’re exploring the invention of the process and talking with our curators and historians, who help us put these processes into historical and cultural contexts.

The Albumen Process


As the predominant print method in the 1850s-1890s, the albumen print process introduced the rise of the great industrial photographic houses. Egg whites were a primary step in the Albumen process, therefore the earliest albumen-printing operations often had many chickens on site. Albumen photographs were precise, detailed, cheap and widely distributed. The albumen print brought photography into the beginnings of mass production and consumption.

Up next The Woodburytype, The Platinum Print, and The Gelatin Silver Print.

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