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Glass Plate Negatives: A Glimpse into the Process

August 15, 2019 @ 2:30 pm

Exclusive Archives Tour with Chief of Collections, Jennifer McCormick

$20 Members | $35 Non-Members
Admission included with registration.

In today’s world of digital photographs and iPhone photographers, it’s hard for many of us to imagine the effort that went into creating images during photography’s first century and a half. Before the film era (and way before the digital era) photographic emulsions were made on glass supports, known as glass plate negatives. These negatives were used to create prints for some of the 19th century’s most notable photographers, including those in the Holy City like Franklin Frost Sams and Morton B. Paine, Jr.

Join the Museum’s Chief of Collections, Jennifer McCormick, for an exclusive tour of the Archives Collection and original glass plate negatives.The glass plate negatives are very fragile and not normally on display for the public to view. Learn more about the process and early photography in the 19th century. This tour is limited and registration is required. Admission to The Charleston Museum is included with registration.