Workshop on Wet Plate Collodion Negative with Miša Keskenović
This_weekend_Miša Keskenović was here in Slovenia and we had a workshop in Ljubljana. On Sunday and Monday he had one on one workshop with me on wet plate collodion negative, on salt print, albumen print and cyanotype. Miša is not extraverted person (like myself), so not many people know his work, but his knowledge of 19th Century photography is astonishing! He has a huge collection of books and e-books on the topic and have been doing it for couple of decades. He have read probably all German books on the topic. It took him couple of years to test many receipts and he came to a conclusion which receipts are working and which aren’t. For instance, receipts for wet plate collodion negative that are practicing currently in USA are very different from receipts that prof. Josef Maria Eder was recommending. The difference was a relations between iodides and bromides, so he test them and realized that Eder’s receipts were giving negatives with much greater density then receipts that are currently in praxis. Even with only one developing, without intensification, negatives were dense and blacks were clear, without fog! The receipt is not finished yet, we need to find Cadmium-Bromide and Cadmium-Iodide. If you can help, we would appreciate.