Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Civil War Photography Wagon

Today's picture shows the Photography setup and field darkroom of Sam A. Cooley. Cooley followed the Union Army, and took pictures of the battles around Savannah, and of Sherman's March to the Sea. The field darkroom was used to create each negative prior to taking a picture, and then to develop it afterwards. It was a very tedious process to take a single picture.

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  1. AAAH, those were the "GOOD OLD DAYS"
    And they talk about how life was simpler back in them "GOOD OLD DAYS"
    R

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  2. How to make a wet plate photograph step by step instructions here:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/eastman/sfeature/wetplate.html

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  3. I notice a lack of chickens in this photograph.

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  4. It looks like all the chickens and maybe even the pigs got eaten.
    R

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  5. Maybe they weren't laying enough eggs.
    LOL
    R

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  6. Maybe they weren't laying enough eggs.
    LOL
    R

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  7. Probably a Graflex RB Series D in the wagon

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