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Saturday, 14 April 2018
Sunday, 4 March 2018
Discover the art of the Victorian photographer with this hands-on,
six week evening class. As part of this course you will produce cyanotypes, calotypes and salt print, in a process which would be familiar to photographers who witnessed the invention of photography.
Beginning with contact prints and ending with the production of portraits.
No previous experience needed.
All materials provided
FRIDAY EVENINGS 6 pm - 9 pm
May 4th 11th 18th 25th 1st
course leader : Cabaret of spirits
darkroom on Queen Charlotte Street - Bristol
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Monday, 12 February 2018
On October 6th 1839, the firm of Alexander Wolcott & John Johnson commenced working on the daguerreotype process announced in August of that year, and on the 7th of October, 1839 they were able to produce a portrait daguerreotype. Wolcott & Johnson have claimed to be the first to produce a life portrait, however, it is unclear if this honor belongs to Wolcott, Morse or Draper.
In March 1840, with the aid of a new invention referred to as the mirror camera, Wilcott opened, which may have been the world's first portrait studio.
William S. Johnson who was John Johnsons father, traveled to England marketing the Wolcott & Johnson photographic camera. An English entrepreneur Richard Beard, had secured the only license for making Daguerreotypes in London from Daguerre and he agreed to jointly secured the Wolcott & Johnson camera patent for Britain with Mr. Wolcott, which was recorded on June 14th 1840. Beard then opened the first portrait studio in England.
In 1842 wolcott discovered a combination of chemicals, known in London as Wolcott's mixture which reduced sitting time and was very sensitive to the action of light.
In 1844, Alexander Simon Wilcott died leaving behind a pioneering accomplishment as the very first American to secure a patent in the field of photography and open a portrait studio.
Wolcott's an ingenious New Yorker, patent model for a daguerreotype camera with
concave reflector. It was the first U.S. patent for a photographic invention.
The camera is approximately one fifth the size of the working version and is the only complete model
of the Wolcott camera known to exist. (PATENT No.1,582, May 8, 1840)