In October 2010 the National Media Museum, Bradford, with the Getty Conservation Institute, held a major conference, supported by The Royal Photographic Society, to present the findings from an extensive investigation into three plates by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce contained within the Society’s Collection.
The conference brought together specialists from different areas ranging from conservators, to historians of picture frames, paper and fingerprints, as well as photographic historians. The conference presented exciting new findings about the plates which rewrote the photographic history books. It revealed for the first time that the plates were the result of three different processes including a previously unknown photographic process.
The majority of the papers from the conference have been published by The Society’s Historical Group in a special edition of The PhotoHistorian and a one-off issue of The Society’s Imaging Science Journal totalling some 93 pages. These are available to members and non-members as a set in a commemorative folder for £20 including UK and worldwide postage.
The proceedings are available via The Society's web shop (click here to buy) or call on +44 (0)1225 325733.
The Society, with the Historical, Imaging Science and former Colour Groups funded the purchase of a climatically controlled display case for the museum (shown, right, before installation; image courtesy of Bob Gates ARPS).