Velvety Antique Moments: 4 Mirror Ambrotypes With A Surreal Twist
Ambrotype photos preceded daguerreotypes, which were the first commercial photographs. While the daguerreotypes were photos made in the camera on a silvered copper plate, the ambrotypes were images on glass. They appeared in the early 1850’s and were only in production for 10 years.
The ambrotype photographs were made by coating a piece of glass with a silver solution and exposing this to the image. The image is sometimes on the back of a glass plate and is sandwiched with another glass behind it.
When I first saw ambrotype photos, I was fascinated by how beautiful they looked, by the ornaments used and the elegant packaging. At that time, photographs were a precious gift to give/receive.
As daguerreotypes and ambrotypes are very much alike, there is only one way you can tell them apart. The ambrotype does not pass the mirror test, meaning that the image will not reflect as a mirror. This is why I included a mirror with no reflection.