M.P. Baker Library to host East Texas: A Portrait in Wet-Plate Collodion


East Texas: A Portrait in Wet-Plate Collodion will open October 1, 2020 in the M.P. Baker Library’s Fay Allison Gallery.

The M.P. Baker Library will host an exhibit of photographs created by Dr. Bill Nieberding, Associate Professor of Art Education at Stephen F. Austin State University. The exhibit will open October 1, 2020 and close November 6, 2020 in the Fay Allison Gallery.

The photographs explore a range of East Texas subjects and still-life works that were created using large-format cameras and the antiquated tintype process invented in the 1850s. The wet-plate photographer must coat the plate with chemicals, expose it in the camera, and develop it on location – all before the plate dries out. According to Professor Nieberding, “It’s a demanding process that produces one-of-a-kind photographs on aluminum or glass.”

Nieberding’s photographic work includes traditional silver-based black and white portraits, landscapes and figure studies as well as digital work that explores notions of social identity in public contexts.

Support for the exhibition and the wet-plate-collodion research is funded by a Research and Creative Activities Grant through the Stephen F. Austin Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the M.P. Baker Library’s operating hours. Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. For additional information, call 903-693-2052 or email [email protected].