Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

VIDEO HOW TO: wet plate negative and salt printing

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Salt print from redeveloped wet plate collodion negative, format 40x50 cm.

Salt print from redeveloped wet plate collodion negative, format 40×50 cm.

This is a photograph made with the process invented in 1839, called salt print process. The print is made from contact copy of a wet plate collodion glass negative. Size of the print is 40x50cm or 16×20″. The size of the image is 25x30cm or 10×12″. The print was toned in gold chloride toner and has a beeswax finish. The paper used is Fabriano Satinato 210gr, 50% of cotton.

Print is a limited edition of 12 copies. The print no:1 I’ve put it on ebay (LINK) and starting a week long auction starting at 0.99 USD.

Why am I doing this? I was invited to have a talk at TEDx Ljubljana and this ebay experiment is a part of my research how to sell art. The work title of the talk is “Give Capitalism A Chance“.

PS: Print was sold for US $182.50. Thank you!

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  1. Wow, very awesome film. Love to see the way you’re working, never saw the salt print process being done and it’s truly wonderful. Thanks for sharing and making this!


    23 June, 2013 at 17:11

  2. Thank you for your attention Contrastique! It’s a long one, almost 15 minutes, but that’s nothing comparing to time I needed to finish everything.

    Borut Peterlin

    23 June, 2013 at 17:14

  3. Please call me Indra 😉
    It’s a rather long film indeed but I was not bored for a second! I bet it took a whole lot more time to make all this. I’ve always been intrigued by the salt printing process but you have to make choices sometimes as to which process you will do and which will have to wait a little more 😉

    I’ve one more question. The first developer of the plate is that also pyro?


    23 June, 2013 at 22:22

  4. No, first developer was ordinary negative developer: 2,5 gr Ferrosulfat, 8ml of glacial acid, 6-20ml of alcohol, 100ml destiled water.
    The making of video was fun. I can do all sorts of things digitally or analog. I hate cars, though. I can change a bulb and fill up tank in my car, that’s it. Thx for comment Indra!

    Borut Peterlin

    23 June, 2013 at 22:53

  5. Borut, to je pa že skoraj grafično ustvarjanje, čeprav je tehnično mnogo zahtevnejše od tiskanja grafik si se nekoliko približal temu mediju. Mogoče te čaka preboj v zanimivo tržno nišo, saj imajo te fotografije precej taktilnosti, česar se danes manjka. Video pa je zelo nazoren.

    Igor Papež

    3 July, 2013 at 11:43

  6. Hvala Igor za komentar, sedaj se že učim “nove” tehnike iz leta 1904, to je oilprint, kjer pri fotografiji srebro zamenja oljna barva. To pa je res avtentično piktorialistično in, kot si rekel, zelo blizu logiki grafike. Ja, vem, enkrat se mi bo to tudi komercialno izplačalo. Upam, da kmalu, saj moram priznati, da to raziskovanje in učenje ni poceni.
    Lep pozdrav,

    Borut Peterlin

    3 July, 2013 at 11:54

  7. […] Peterlin’s Photography Down the Rabbit Hole blog shared a video of his wet plate and salt printing process 2 weeks ago. Whilst the entire video […]

  8. Thank you so much, for the effort in share your process and for your beautiful art.


    15 July, 2013 at 22:14

  9. […] days it was sold for $111 USD (LINK). Few weeks later an auction for the second print won $182 USD (LINK). These two sales were just a test to see how ebay works and what could be done and at what prices […]

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