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Science in the darkroom

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Date and time

Wed 16 - Sun 27 January 2019

Location

The ballroom in Alberton House, 100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert, Auckland.

Cost

Free

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A chance discovery has brought the delicate lost art of glass plate photography back to life at an exhibition of forgotten images and negatives presented by Plant & Food Research.

The exhibition of 15 highly intricate and beautifully composed photographs will delight photographic enthusiasts as well as those with an interest in the long history of plant research in Mt Albert.

Glass plate photography had once been a go-to technology worldwide from the late-1800s to the mid-1950s before Kodak film and new, smaller cameras transformed photography and made it accessible to everyone. The dry-plate process, also known as the gelatin process, was used to document science subjects by photographers internationally and in New Zealand because of its superior chemical stability and quality compared to film. Glass plates were still being used in high-quality photography as late as the 1980s.

Like all technology, glass plate had its upsides and downsides. Photographers had to master the cumbersome, time-consuming and fickle process, but when everything came together the results were astounding.

The opening night is at 4:30pm to 7pm on Wednesday 16 January 2019.

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Event details

Date and time

Wed 16 - Sun 27 January 2019

Location

The ballroom in Alberton House, 100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert, Auckland.

Cost

Free

Find out more