This experience is designed to make you time-travel back to the early ages of photography. You’ll have your portrait made through one of the oldest photography processes: wet plate collodion and will have the chance to experience the whole process of development. This immersive experience will be held at FIVE HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO, which itself is equipped with antique cameras, and furniture, alongside some literature on 19th century Photography, all for your edification. The Studio’s expertise lies in the use of 19th century photography technique Wet Plate Collodion, invented by Frederick Scott Archer in 1851. This particular technique creates unique images, reminiscent of a distant past. You will have the chance to choose the material in which the portrait will be made - clear glass; black glass or aluminium- and choose from one of 4 different sizes. Some 19th century clothes and props will be available for the portrait session. In addition to being an extremely interesting process, you will have the opportunity to follow the hosts to the laboratory/dark-room to experience/see the whole development process. Your portrait will be ready to be delivered in 60 minutes.
Filipe & Vera
FIVE Historic Photography Studio is a 19th century photographic techniques studio designed and hosted by Filipe & Vera, who also run local lodging unit The FIVE House. A couple brought together by a mutual passion for biology; antiques and analogue photography, they decided to retrace the footsteps of the historical portuguese photography pioneers. For that, no better place to be than the romantic Sintra, were they learned extensively about those ancient processes and techniques, eventually falling in love with wet plate collodion portraiture.
The guest will be received at FIVE HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO, located in Sintra historical centre, just a 5 minute walking distance from the train station. The studio is only 100 meters from MU.SA – Sintra Museum of Art and Olga Cadaval Cultural Centre, two of Sintra’s cultural landmarks.
19th Century Photography Experience