Everyday photography

What else is missing to complete the look of the WEDDING CINEMATOGRAPHY NYC? It must be instant.

This happens in the 1850s with the advent of the wet collodion process. This is one of the remarkable and quite characteristic cases of congeniality for the 19th century: the process was invented by the independently working Englishmen Frederick Scott Archer and Robert Bingham, as well as the Frenchman Gustave Legré. The essence of the innovation was to use liquid collodion (medical glue) as a binding medium for light-sensitive particles. Now the silver halides did not arise in a solution that was absorbed into the paper, as was the case with Talbot, but were formed in a photographic collodion, which was poured onto a glass plate immediately before shooting. Thanks to collodion, the exposure time was significantly reduced, and the use of a glass plate simplified the process of obtaining positives.


It is not difficult to guess that, having received the opportunity to accurately capture the visible world, a person rushed first of all to capture himself. Daguerreotype was a profitable venture for those who took portraits, despite all the obstacles. And there were at least three of them: firstly, the shutter speed when shooting the daguerreotype was long, and the posing person had to use special supports for the head and hands so that the image would not be smeared, secondly, the daguerreotype was expensive, thirdly, this is a unique and enchanting detail the image is extremely fragile – one touch to the surface of the plate can ruin it. The wet collodion process solved all these problems: photography became instant, cheap, and easily replicated.

Photo studios have become a mass phenomenon, photo albums with pictures of relatives and celebrities appear in homes, photography enters the very fabric of life. Since then, we begin to remember the past, relying on photographic images, trusting them with the most emotionally significant moments.