Don’t Press Print – the Collodion Process (1-2 Oct 2020)

Online symposium hosted by the Royal Photographic Society in conjunction with the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

1-2 October 2020 | Link will be supplied so you can join from your location

Conference supported by Second-Hand Darkroom Supplies and Silverprint.

Bookings now live at:

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.

The two-day conference features a range of papers from historians, practitioners and artists.

Confirmed Keynote speakers are:

Mark Osterman – Photographic Process Historian at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY.

France Scully Osterman – artist-educator and lecturer at Scully & Osterman Studio.

Registration Fees

Standard ticket: £25.00
RPS Member / Student ticket: £20.00

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. 


The call for papers has now closed. Details and key dates are in this PDF download.


Frank Menger, Senior Research Fellow, Reconstructing Historic Reprographic Methods, Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol. E:

Dr Michael Pritchard, Director, Education and Public Affairs, The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol. E:

Featured image credit: Image on this page is Frederick Scott Archer, the inventor of the Collodion process

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