Note to Ed. This needs going through and tidying up and the links checked (Oct 2016) Split into books and journal articles 1) Primitive photography by Alan Greene DIY cameras, lenses, calotypes (French variant), waxed […]

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Pélegry Instructions

The Pélegry Calotype Process These instructions are for the preparation of 40 sheets of 8”x10”. All weights and volumes can be scaled down to smaller formats as required. The Paper The choice of paper is […]

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Making Whey

Making Whey Sterilize the pot just before use by pouring ½ inch of water in the bottom, covering, and bring to a rolling boil for at least five minutes. Pour out the water, replace sterile […]

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Making a Salt Print (Video)

Making a gelatin-salt print from a calotype by Wlodek Witek…

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Developing a Calotype (Video)

Developing a Pélegry method calotype by Wlodek Witek…  

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Adamson Thinks He Knows Some Things Others Do Not

Adamson thinks he  knows some things others do not… by Rob Douglas You ask “can it be kept secret “ I can only say that Adamson says the manipulation is very liable to go wrong […]

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Greenlaw’s Process

Colonel Alexander Greenlaw (1818 – 1870) Alexander Greenlaw was born in London , and at the age of seventeen, joined the Madras infantry as a cadet . He was posted to Trichinopoly in Madras . […]

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Thomas Rodger of St Andrews

Thomas Rodger was the protoge of Dr John Adamson of St Andrews . He learnt his photography at the hand of this master of the art from the age of 14 and rapidly gained a […]

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Kirk, Herschel & Maclear

Sir Thomas Maclear (1794–1879) was an Irish-born South African astronomer who became Astronomer Royal at the Cape of Good Hope. Maclear would later became a good friend of David Livingstone. Maclear arrived in Cape Town […]

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Adamson’s Process

The commonly held view is that the process used by Robert Adamson for his calotype work with David Octavius Hill is unknown because Adamson wrote nothing down and died very young, at the age of 26, […]

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