‘DPP1-De/Reconstructing the collodion process’ publication out now

The symposium proceedings of the 2020 conference ‘Don’t Press Print: De/Reconstructing the Collodion Process’ have now been published and are available for purchase here from the RPS bookshop.

The Don’t Press Print conference was organised by the RPS and CFPR in October 2020 and brought together nineteen speakers from across the world to discuss historical perspectives on the collodion photographic process and how contemporary artists use the collodion process in their practice.

Two keynote papers were given by Mark Osterman looking at collodion as a medium, and from France Scully Osterman looking at Sally Mann’s use of collodion.  Other papers looked at collodion in Japan, Australia and India, the work of George Washington Wilson, the American Civil War, Miklos Barabas, collodion for halftone, and individual artists’ use of collodion.            

This book brings together papers from all the speakers plus one additional paper. Papers are from: Frank Menger, Mark Osterman, Adrienna Lundgren, Rachel Wetzel, Ashleigh Black, Zsuszanna Szegedy-Maszak, Tony Richards, Ian Chamblerlain, Chihoko Ando, Shreya Mukherjee, Bill Nieberding, Alan Hodgson, France Scully Osterman, Erin Solomons, Rob Ball, Paul Elter, Christian Klant, Steve de Grys, Niamh Fahy, Wilson Yeung, Jo Gane and Alex Boyd.

The book is well illustrated and provides an important insight into historical and contemporary aspects of collodion as well as a technical glossary.

The annual series of the RPS/CFPR Symposia ‘Don’t Press Print’ continues with a conference entitled ‘DPP2- De/Reconstructing of nineteenth century photomechanical reproduction and their 21st century embodiment’ and is planned for the 9th and 10th of September 2021 in hybrid format.

The Royal Photographic Society / Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England
183 pages, illustrated, paper covers.

Frank Menger, June 2021

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