All Is Not Lost: Images Salvaged from Damaged Glass Negatives

April 3, 2019 - January 2020; Lightcatcher 2nd Floor Hallway

Hundreds of glass negatives have been donated to the Whatcom Museum over the years, many arriving in damaged condition after decades of poor storage and rough handling. The pictures in this exhibition are derived from time-ravaged Silver Gelatin Dry Plate Negatives and will feature their accumulated scratches, cracks, lost corners, mold stains and water damage. Though marred, the century-old negatives can still render images of historical significance.

Image credit: Bunny Girl, c. 1920 from a water damaged 5×7 by J. W. Sandison. Whatcom Museum # 1996.10.5941