am·​bro·​type | \ ˈam-brə-ˌtīp How to pronounce ambrotype (audio) \

Definition of ambrotype

: a positive picture made of a photographic negative on glass backed by a dark surface

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This facial tattoo, applied with cactus ink, is just discernible in the exhibition ambrotype, which is among the National Portrait Gallery’s most recent acquisitions. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How the Camera Introduced Americans to Their Heroines," 9 July 2019 Martin participated in the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion trip to Cuba in January and created wet-plate tintypes and ambrotypes - both related to the collodion process - in Havana and Matanzas. Steven Litt,, "Pilar Rubi of Cuba and Greg Martin of Cleveland to discuss wet-plate photography Saturday at Print Room," 21 June 2017 An ambrotype is a photograph created on a glass plate that has been coated and sensitized in a chemical bath. Pete Brook, WIRED, "Meet the Ragtag Vigilantes at War With Mexico’s Cartels," 23 May 2014

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First Known Use of ambrotype

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambrotype

Greek ambrotos + English type

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