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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 two-day conference 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.  


The conference features a range of papers from historian, practitioners and artists. The programme (subject to change) is attached here. Abstracts and biographies of speakers are here


Use the button, right, to book. You will be sent a Zoom link two days before the conference.  All registered attendees will received the illustrated conference proceedings as part of the registration fee, containing all the conference papers and additional papers. It will be mailed to registrants before the 31 January 2021. 

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The conference is supported by:

Second-hand Darkroom Supplies

Second-hand Darkroom Supplies

Silverprint Ltd


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 within fourteen days. No responsibility will be accepted for any consequential losses.



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