Historically, the popularity of the wetplate process was short-lived . From its invention by Frederick Scott Archer in 1851 the process flourished until the introduction of dry plates in the early 1880s . Aside from the ever-present safety issues of the process , having a darkroom nearby is the largest hurdle to overcome when attempting wetplate collodion . Collodion process is a very inconvenient form which required the photographic material to be coated , sensitized , exposed and developed within the span of a few minutes , necessitating a portable darkroom for use in the field .Today, a wetplate revival is occurring , sparked largely through interest in Living History and the imaging revolution centered around digital technology. As journalistic, commercial, and amateur photography markets have shifted towards digital, fewer conventional products remain available. This shift has led some art photographers to rediscover the beautiful wetplate collodion process.
Zeljko Nedic is a photographer with an accomplished portfolio that ranges from highly-stylised fashion portraits to fetishism and period settings. The images bellow are some of his wet plate collodion work.
You can see more of Zelko Nedic's work at http://www.zelkonedic.com/