A new Kickstarter has just gone live for large format photographers who wish to use the dry plate process, born from a collaboration between Jason Lane of Pictoriographica and Steve Lloyd of Chroma Camera:
The idea for the ChromaGraphica dry plate holder was born out of a desire to make the dry plate process more accessible to the large format community.
Gelatin dry plate photography is an analog black and white photographic process which dates from the 1870s when silver halide photographic emulsion was hand-poured onto glass plates and allowed to dry prior to use as a negative. The development of dry plate negatives made photography more convenient than the wet plate process of the mid-1800s, which required the negative (or positive image) to be exposed and developed onsite. Due to the greater convenience of flexible film, dry plate photography faded out of common use by the 1930s. For the past several decades, shooting dry plates has meant making them yourself. In 2017, I established Pictoriographica and began making and selling my own hand-made dry plates to photographers around the world.