Conservator Talk: A big negative


Saturday, 27 October 2018 - 2pm to 3pm


  • General Admission: $10.00
  • State Library Friends Members: FREE

Price includes fees.


Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor

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Conservator Talk: A Big Negative

With Nichola Parshall


In 1875, some of the world’s largest ever wet-plate glass negatives were made in Sydney by photographer Charles Bayliss for Bernard Holtermann. Bayliss produced his panoramas from a purpose-built studio in the tower of Holtermann's residence. These glass plates form part of a collection donated in 1952 to the State Library of NSW.

In 1982, one of the plates broke into hundreds of pieces. Although attempts were made to repair the plate, no satisfactory solution was found. This talk explores the collaborative efforts required to re-assemble and preserve the physical artefact, and recapture the image using best practice digital imaging.

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