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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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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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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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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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The Calotypes of Sir John Kirk

Sir John Kirk is best known as a British diplomat who was hugely influential in finally ending the slave trade in East Africa, during his many years spent as British Consul in Zanzibar. If you want […]

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