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 6.0: The Gelatin Silver Print

Posted by on Aug 02 2012 | Exhibitions, History, Photography

In the final part of our photo process series we’re looking at the Gelatin Silver Print. 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 Gelatin Silver Print process allowed to make black and white images, and is responsible for all the black and white movies, and color photography.

Watch the entire photo process series.

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Photographic Process 4.0: The Woodburytype

Posted by on Jun 27 2012 | Other, Photography

In part 4.0 of our photo process series we’re looking at the Woodburytype. 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 Woodyburytype process was invented in 1864 by Walter Woodbury – a photo mechanical process that combines photography and the press producing a continuous tone image.

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

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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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Photographic Process 2.0: The Collodion Process

Posted by on Jun 13 2012 | Photography

In part 2.0 of our photo process series we’re looking at the Collodion 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 Collodion Process



Photography has shaped the way we remember and how we are reminded.
Photography has created an incredible cultural shift–our communication and expression forever changed. In a completely new way, we could reveal what was important to us, who we were and who we loved.

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

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