Clicking the shutter on Paneth's plate camera: ASMR

Join Curatorial Operations Coordinator Dan Cox as he examines a plate camera owned by photographer and distinguished chemist, Friedrich Paneth.

ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response – a pleasant tingling sensation beginning on the scalp and moving down the neck, which is triggered by a delicate or satisfying auditory or visual experience.

Watch and listen as Dan demonstrates how the Zeiss Ikon Maximar camera from 1927 works, carefully clicking the shutter at different speeds, folding and unfolding the bellows, and even letting us peek through focussing screen – just as Paneth would have done.

Paneth made incredible early colour photographs called autochromes which were produced on glass plates and had luminous, vibrant colours. Follow Dan as he shows some examples of Paneth's photography, whilst giving us an insight into how the specialist process of making an autochrome works.

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