Wet Plate Photography

I started taking photos fairly late so my first “real” camera was a digital SLR. I always felt that I never learned photography the proper way so a few years ago I got a medium format Hasselblad 500c/m. I love shooting film, it makes me really think about what I’m doing.

Earlier this year I came across the wet plate process (invented in 1851). I fell in love with the idea of making photographs with chemicals and working with my hands to create a photograph on glass/aluminum.

I started researching and slowly acquired the equipment. I found an 8×10 view camera that was manufactured sometime in the 1950-60’s.

I poured my first 8×10 plate last week.

I have a long way to go, but I love the process.
From pouring the plate to holding a finished photograph in your hands 10 minutes later is an incredible feeling.

Flaws and mistakes, I made this by hand.


8×10 Tintype   .   The Big Table   .   Kansas City   .   Missouri

nirav - Proud of you man. Way to pursue this and push yourself to try new things. Btw, that print you sent me will be placed in my new office.

jeremy - Brilliant. My backyard has never looked so good. You’re amazing.

ray - Magnus, I still can’t believe how beautiful these plates turned out! I am just amazed by your work.

sharon - so amazing! what a treasure. keep it up, this is so awesome that you are doing this!

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