Photography has become so accessible that it is easy to forget its cumbersome and time consuming origins. That little rectangle in your pocket is equipped with a powerful camera and a seemingly endless selection of apps for editing your photos, but it wasn’t always so simple.

Inventions of Photography is a 12-part video series released by the George Eastman House that explores the earliest days of the process. The extensive series tracks the invention of the daguerreotype, the cyanotype, collodion and the well-known gelatin silver process and highlights a number of images that are contained within the massive George Eastman archives.

In the video below experts discuss the origins of the wet collodion process.


Check out the entire series on The George Eastman House’s Youtube channel.