Alternative process photography and science meet at the Getty
October 28, 2011 1:20 AM   Subscribe

Dusan Stulik and his colleagues at the Getty institute are taking a very much closer look at alternative photographic processes – a molecular-level-look, that may even change history. Here is a NY Times profile of Stulik and the GCI.
posted by beshtya (6 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Change history? The history of photography, maybe. I don't see it changing any other part of history.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:29 AM on October 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

Further down into the article, they talk about how their work in alternative photographic processes has given them the ability to determine insane amounts of detail from looking at old stamps, photos, etc. They would be able to identify forgeries with much greater accuracy than before, and they would be able to tell from which city or plant a certain flyer came from.

It doesn't exactly change history in the same way travelling back in time and stepping on an insect changes history, but this could be very interesting for some historians, I'd think.
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:33 AM on October 28, 2011

I wish the photos were labeled because I'd like to know more about them. Is that a naked woman in a barrel? Does that guy have leprosy or just the photo of him? Etc.
posted by DU at 6:06 AM on October 28, 2011

Change history? The history of photography, maybe.

These days, when we need to change history, we use Photoshop.

Seriously though, this stuff intrigues me. Thanks for the link.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:26 AM on October 28, 2011

Perhaps the authors of the article in first link (where I got my post text from) dropped a "photography" right before "history". Or perhaps they genuinely meant what the text says.

I look forward to the book they are writing, listing every historical process since early tannin-toned leather used by Wedgewood and Davy. A curator friend of mine called it the "Genome Project of Photography".
posted by beshtya at 8:49 AM on October 28, 2011

Fascinating and wonderful! Thanks for the post.
posted by Sublimity at 12:50 PM on October 28, 2011

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