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Don't Press Print - the collodion process: online conference

Event info

The announcement in The Chemist (March, 1851) of Frederick Scott Archer’s wet-collodion process transformed how photography was practiced professionally and by amateur photographers for much of the nineteenth century. Photography’s reach broadened socially, grew artistically and extended geographically.

Move forward to the 2000s and the wet-collodion process is, again, impacting photographic practice. It has been embraced by photographers and students who are using it for creative and artistic reasons. This has been supported by a growing number of practical workshops allowing people to experience and learn about the process.

This online symposium Don’t Press Print. De/Re-constructing the collodion process is organised by the Royal Photographic Society and the University of West of England’s Centre for Fine Print Research.  It will consist of one-day of papers, a part second day of poster presentations.

Papers and posters are sought for an online symposium taking place over two days on 1 and 2 October 2020, which addresses, but is not limited to:


  • Historical overview of the development of the collodion process
  • Its impact on photography from 1851 up to the present
  • Photographers and individuals associated with the process


  • Wet-collodion and print making today
  • Contemporary practitioners: their experiences and work
  • Collodion and digital hybrid models of working


Proposals of up to 500 words are required by 10 August and should be emailed to: In addition, the conference will take submissions for online posters until 1 September. Details and key dates are in this PDF download.


The conference proceedings will also be published in an illustrated book.

Registration to attend the conference will open here on 15 August 2020. See:

Questions regarding submissions or the conference may be sent to:

Event Organiser

Dr Michael Pritchard


Cancellation policy

This is an online event. The organisers will do their best to ensure that the event keeps to the published timings and runs as planned. Should we encounter technical difficulties or the unforeseen unavailability of speakers we will do our best to update the programme. In the unlikely event that the conference has to be cancelled all participants will be advised by email at the earliest opportunity. A full refund will be made with fourteen days. No responsibility will be accepted for any consequential losses.



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