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Early Photographic Processes: The Albumen Print

Shortly after the discovery of the collodion process, another photographic process -- one that could be considered as complimentary -- came to rise: the albumen print.

The albumen print was invented by Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard in 1850, and was the cheapest and easiest way to create multiple photographic paper prints back in the day.

The popularity of the albumen print can be attributed to its ability to recreate the same precise and detailed images as to daguerreotypes and tintypes, but in an extremely low cost. It was essentially a paper coated in an albumen (egg white) solution, dried then coated in silver nitrate, and then dried again. This renders the paper sensitive to UV light, and in order to recreate an image, one would just simply expose it to light under a negative (usually a glass plate), and set it with a toner or fixer.

You can follow the steps to create your own albumen prints here.

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