In the first of a series of three posts, Colin Harding looks at the development of celluloid and how early photographers experimented with it.
Colin was Curator of Photographic Technology at the National Science and Media Museum until 2016.
Simple design, mass production and lifelong customers—it’s easy to see why George Eastman was determined to bring photography within the reach of everyone with the Brownie camera.
Frederick Scott Archer’s discovery revolutionised photography by introducing a process which was far superior to any then in existence, yet he was to die just six years later in poverty.
It’s often difficult to establish the details of Victorian photographic studios, but there are some helpful clues and resources that may help you identify them.