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.
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.