Braun 'Ice cavern', from Treasure Spots of the World, edited by W. Woodbury
(Ward, Lock & Tyler, 1875)
10028.g.5   10x14 cm

Woodburytype

 
Ice cavern
 
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The visual and textual narratives in this book are the work of many notable photographers, including Stephen Thompson, Shepherd and Muybridge. The printing process was invented by the editor of the book, Walter Woodbury, who in 1865 patented the Woodburytype, a permanent photo-mechanical process by which a photographic negative was used as the basis for producing a relief image on lead and coated with ink. This process provided publishers with permanent, attractive images which were cheaper and more reliable than original photographs as a means of pictorial illustration.