Special Event

History on State: Wet Plate Photography Demonstration with Dave Rambow

Monday, July 17, 2017

5-6:30 pm

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Presenter Dave Rambow

Dave Rambow poses with his modern wet plate camera.

Presenter David Rambow, the current Site Manager of the Wisconsin Historical Society Site H.H. Bennett Studio, is a widely known “19th Century period” photographer. Dave is often seen at events throughout Wisconsin and the upper Midwest, reenacting the life of the itinerant wet plate photographer. Dave will discuss and demonstrate the excruciatingly difficult wet plate photography process as practiced "in the field" by H. H. Bennett in the Wisconsin Dells area. Dave's “modern” tintypes have been seen in Hollywood movies such as "Cold Mountain," “True Grit,” “Cowboys and Aliens,” “Sweetwater,” and “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”

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Presenter Dave Rambow

Dave Rambow demonstrates wet plate photography techniques.

About This Series

This program is part of Downtown Madison BID's Summer in YOUR City programming. Visit their website for more information on this downtown initiative.  


30 on the Square
100 N. Carroll Street
Madison, WI

Location Information

Program will take place outdoors on the stages next to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Rain backup will be inside the Wisconsin Historical Museum (30 N. Carroll Street).