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OF THE ROUTE
THE PRINCE
OF WALES
FRANCIS BEDFORD
ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC
PROCESS

Below is a video provided by the Royal Collection Trust which explains the wet collodion photographic process used by Francis Bedford while touring with the prince. As a process it had only been invented in the 1850s, just over 10 years before it was used by Bedford during the Royal Tour with such skill

Francis Bedford produced his photographs as large glass-plate wet collodion negatives, employing a technically laborious process that necessitated traveling with an enormous amount of equipment.  The wet collodion process was invented in 1851.  Find out more about this fascinating process in this short film:

Francis Bedford produced his photographs as large glass-plate wet collodion negatives, employing a technically laborious process that necessitated traveling with an enormous amount of equipment.  The wet collodion process was invented in 1851.  Find out more about this fascinating process in this short film:

We are the student curators behind Sights of Wonder – we hope you have enjoyed the exhibition!

We are all enrolled on the MA Art History and Curating course at the University of Birmingham, but we drew upon our wide range of academic backgrounds to develop this exhibition. We wish we could have seen our exhibition come to life at the Barber Institute itself, but we are proud to have developed the Barber’s first ever online exhibition that can be accessed by anyone, and from the safety of their home. It has been an amazing opportunity to work with the Barber team and curators at the Royal Collection Trust, providing us with valuable experience for our future careers.

The 2019/20 cohort of MA Art History and Curating students at Windsor Castle, February 2020. From left to right: Rowan Chapman (UK), Zuzanna Pela (Poland), Victoria Pap (Germany), Francesca Vitale (Italy), Andrea Brighenti (Italy), Elizabeth Lamle (UK), Alexandra Sheen (UK), Olivia Beebe (USA), Grace Trumbo (USA), and Madeleine Cater (UK).

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were passionate collectors and supporters of photography. Their enthusiasm for the new medium laid the foundations of a remarkable collection of photographs, which Alessandro Nasini (Curator of Photographs, Royal Collection Trust) discusses in this illustrated talk.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were passionate collectors and supporters of photography. Their enthusiasm for the new medium laid the foundations of a remarkable collection of photographs, which Alessandro Nasini (Curator of Photographs, Royal Collection Trust) discusses in this illustrated talk.