James Ambrose Cutting Essay

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James Ambrose Cutting




Ambrotypes were a direct positive process effect achieved on glass coated with
light-sensitive collodion, backed with black paint, paper or even black velvet.. It is
also known as a collodion positive. They are often confused with Daguerreotypes because
they were often housed in dag cases and confused with Tintypes because the images look
very similar.. The process was invented by Frederick Scott Archer and Peter Fry in 1851,
but was patented in the US (Boston, MA) by James Ambrose Cutting in 1854.

.James Cutting was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1814. His family moved to Vermont
and took up farming and there Cutting devised and patented a new kind of bee hive,
bringing him profit and renown. He was not a very adept investor, however and he soon went
broke and came to Boston where he tried his hand at making daguerreotypes. He is credited
with the discovery of a process for making pictures on glass called ambrotypes (after his
middle name). His method of photos involved a glass sheet for photos that was covered with
collodion for photos and that was underexposed or bleached. Ambrotypes are sharply
detailed, one-of-a-kind photographs on glass, packaged in protective cases similar to
those used for daguerreotypes*. An ambrotype is basically a collodion* on glass negative
that is intentionally underexposed so that the negative appears as a positive image when
viewed against a dark background. Ambrotypes soon replaced the more expensive
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