collodion

noun
col·lo·di·on | \ kə-ˈlō-dē-ən \

Definition of collodion 

: a viscous solution of pyroxylin used especially as a coating for wounds or for photographic films

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Mann loves the mistakes, warts, and chanciness of collodion printing. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At PEM, Sally Mann stays outside the comfort zone," 12 July 2018 Gibbons used a 19th-century format, the wet-plate collodion process. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Making art of root and branch, trunk and leaf in “Trees II”," 21 June 2018 Sacabo creates collaged and distorted photographic images with a wet collodion on metal process that dates back to the 19th century. Sarah Bonnette, NOLA.com, "Artscape: Two exhibitions will showcase talents of female artists," 23 May 2018 Ruhter’s images, rendered on massive sheets of aluminum and glass — sometimes up to 5-feet wide, are made using the collodion wet plate process that saw its heyday around the time of the Civil War. Maxine Marshall, San Francisco Chronicle, "Small imperfections on display in giant, old-school photographs," 20 Feb. 2018 And tears pooled on Washington Street like collodion on photo glass. Adapted from THE APPARITIONISTS by Peter Manseau. Peter Manseau, Smithsonian, "Meet Mr. Mumler, the Man Who “Captured” Lincoln’s Ghost on Camera," 11 Oct. 2017 The two men then moved to the dark room, where Mumler coated the plate with the syrupy collodion which would allow an image to form, and then to the sitting room. Peter Manseau, Smithsonian, "Meet Mr. Mumler, the Man Who “Captured” Lincoln’s Ghost on Camera," 11 Oct. 2017 Beginning in 1851, daguerreotypy gave way to the wet collodion process, which made photography cheaper, faster, and reproducible. Nancy West, The Atlantic, "Pictures of Death," 19 July 2017 Wet collodion is the same technique used by Matthew Brady to make his Civil War battlefield images and portraits. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Pilar Rubi of Cuba and Greg Martin of Cleveland to discuss wet-plate photography Saturday at Print Room," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of collodion

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collodion

modification of New Latin collodium, from Greek kollōdēs glutinous, from kolla glue — more at protocol

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collodion

noun
col·lo·di·on | \ kə-ˈlōd-ē-ən \

Medical Definition of collodion 

: a viscous solution of pyroxylin used especially as a coating for wounds or for photographic films

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