Professional photographer Joni Sternbach, who specializes in 19th Century photographic processes, will speak at 5 p.m. in the Utah State University Performance Hall on Thursday, January 19.Christopher Gauther, photography professor in USU’s department of Art and Design, says Sternbach is one of the leading wet plate collodion photographers in the country. He says what makes her unique is how she contextualizes the way things are now by using modern day people, clothes and backgrounds instead of doing historical reproductions like other collodion photographers.Wet plate collodion is a 19th Century photographic process where the liquid solution, collodion, is poured onto a piece of glass that goes directly into the camera. An image is then captured, exposed and developed while the plate is still wet.
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