The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.

A selection of early Australian ambrotypes

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In 1851 a young man named Frederick Scott Archer announced his discovery of a new photographic process that could adhere to glass. This was a major breakthrough for the process allowed photographers to produce clear highly detailed negatives from which multiple copies could be made. For the commercial and amateur photographer this was a great step forward as the daguerreotype had been a one-off process and the calotype produced fuzzy prints from its paper negatives.

Archer, perhaps not …