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19th Century Wet Plate Photography Demo and Lecture at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum
Norwalk Historical Society Museum
Norwalk, CT
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19th Century Wet Plate Photography Demo and Lecture at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum
Fine photographic artist, N.W. Gibbons, will present a lecture and rare demo of the 19th century wet plate photography process, Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 1:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. He has been producing wet plate photographs, for over 15 years.  Learn how these photographs are created, as Mr. Gibbons walks through the steps of his precise wet plate process to create a tintype photograph.  

Admission is $10. Seating is limited.  If the event is cancelled by the Norwalk Historical Society due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 1:00pm.

Photographs during the mid to late 19th century used the wet plate process to develop tintypes and ambrotypes. Tintypes and ambrotypes are direct positive images on metal or glass respectively. Each image is a unique edition of one as there is no negative from which to make duplicate prints. Wet plate images are noted for their extremely fine grain images with a long tonal scale.

Attendees will be able to view original 19th century tintypes and ambrotypes in the Norwalk Historical Society's new exhibit, "Self and the World: Experiencing Photography in 19th Century Norwalk". The exhibit is curated by Elizabeth Avery and graphic designs by Scott Kuykendall.  On display are never before seen daguerreotypes, family portraits, cartes de visite photographs, plate glass negatives, stereoscopes and an original early Kodak camera, that helps tell the story of the early age of photography and its influence on the people of Norwalk.

About N.W. Gibbons
N.W. Gibbons is a fine photographic artist from Westport, CT and has worked in large format non-digital photographic media since the mid-1970s, and since 1999 has produced work using a number of different 19th century photo processes. Mr. Gibbons creates very large tintypes and ambrotypes and favors cityscapes and landscapes in lower Fairfield County and New York State. Mr. Gibbons work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Yale Art Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Library of Congress, and the Museum of Modern Art.  When not making wet plate images, Mr. Gibbons is a full-time Fire Inspector for the Westport Fire Department. He is also an Associate Fellow of Branford College at Yale University.

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Refund Policy:
All ticket purchases are non-refundable, except when the event is cancelled or rescheduled by the Norwalk Historical Society.  No credit or refund is available if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

Cancellations and Schedule Changes:
The Norwalk Historical Society reserves the right to cancel or reschedule an event due to low enrollment, presenter illness, or other circumstances. If the event is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of their registration fee. If the event is rescheduled, participants will have the option of attending the rescheduled event or receiving a full refund.


Norwalk Historical Society Museum (View)
141 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
United States


Arts > Visual
Education > Workshops
Other > Technology

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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