Wet-plate photography was a popular process in the mid- to late 1800s. Learn how it was done and why it’s making a comeback.

With the never-ending advancement of technology, the art of developing photos in a darkroom has become something of a niche specialty. But this hands-on approach to developing is making a comeback, and so are early darkroom techniques not used widely for decades.

Wet-plate photography is one of the oldest techniques available, and today’s resurgence is introducing a whole new generation of photographers to this old-school approach — without many of the dangers inherent to its early use.