Thomas Gibson Studio is proud to announce the launch of Thomas Allcroft Gibson Fine Art Photography, a destination dedicated to Gibson’s original collodion wet-plate photography.
Gibson is the Midwest’s premier collodion wet-plate photographer. He regularly teaches collodion wet-plate photography workshops, guest lectures at top art and design universities and collects custom, one-of-a-kind collodion wet plate cameras from around the nation.
The photographer’s passion for collodion photography blossomed from a chance encounter with another wet-plate artist.
“I was in a Los Angeles Kinko’s about 10 year s ago and noticed this interesting gentleman across the room holding some amazing color copies,” he says. “They were like electromagnets to my eyes.”
What caught Gibson’s eyes were collodion wet plates created by a fine artist and cinematography instructor at the Art Center College of Design.
After a small conversation between the two, Gibson was so intrigued by the beauty and warmth of these imperfect plates that he did research and attended workshops to hone his skills as a wet plate photographer, diversifying his talents and opening the door to a new photography frontier.
He studied with Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman in New York and began to develop his own collodion wet plate style and aesthetic.
The rest is history — captured in ferrotypes and ambrotypes.