Making photographic plates, 20 November 1933.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

Making photographic plates, 20 November 1933.

Jarche, James

© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library


A photograph of the manufacture of glas plates at the Ilford factory, taken by James Jarche for the Daily Herald newspaper. The plates are being coated with light-sensitive emulsion. The proces would have been carried out in the dark - so this photograph was taken using infrared light. Gelatin-coated dry plate negatives were developed by Dr Richard Leach Maddox (1816-1902) in 1871. They replaced the earlier wet plate proces because of their ease of use. Glas plate negatives could be mas produced and allowed exposure times of fractions of a second. Glas plate negatives remained popular with photographers well into the twentieth century, despite the development of roll film.



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