PDN Video Pick: Ian Ruhter’s Wet-Plate Obsession
Photographer Ian Ruhter has been creating one-of-a-kind landscapes using the vintage wet-plate collodion process, developed in the 19th century. He drives a mobile darkroom, fitted into a van, into beautiful locations and uses enormous metal plates to record the scene…or at least he tries. This video captures not only the technique he uses, but his frequent frustration with the temperamental process.
On the closing night of the Palm Springs Photo Festival, organizer Jeff Dunas screened Ruhter’s video, “Silver & Light,” noting that he couldn’t resist its depiction of one photographer’s obsession and passion for photography.
You can see more videos about Ruhter’s wet-plate on his Vimeo page.