General Development Process

The Photographic Chemistry series was initiated by FAIC in 2015, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This series explores key elements of photographic chemistry that are essential to understanding the nature of silver-based analog photographs, their creation, and their deterioration mechanisms. These topics are critical for photograph conservators, but also of interest to photographers, artists, collectors, and other photography enthusiasts. This series of online self-study modules includes video lectures and quizzes on specific topics in the chemistry of photography. Each course contains about 5 – 15 units; each units includes a 3 -10 minute video lecture and a brief self-assessment quiz. Study at your own pace and repeat units as needed!

Scott Williams (Moderator)

Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

Scott Williams is Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Williams is one of an ever-smaller group of individuals with expertise in photographic chemistry. This profound knowledge, combined with his thoughtful and lively teaching style, make for an easy-to-follow presentation of this potentially complex topic. This course is a fount of information essential to understanding the silver-based analog photographic processes represented in so many private and public collections around the globe.

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Overview
Overview Video
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Overview Quiz
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Requirements for Development
Requirements for Development Video
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Requirements for Development Quiz
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Spontaneous Reactions
Spontaneous Reactions Video
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Spontaneous Reactions Quiz
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Gibbs Free Energy
Gibbs Free Energy Video
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Gibbs Free Energy Quiz
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Electrical Potential
Electrical Potential Video
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Electrical Potential Quiz
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Nernst Equation
Nernst Equation Video
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Nernst Equation Quiz
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Manipulating Energy Equations
Manipulating Energy Equations Video
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Manipulating Energy Equations Quiz
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Manipulating Silver Concentration
Manipulating Silver Concentration Video
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Manipulating Silver Concentration Quiz
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Manipulating Iron Concentration
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Manipulating Iron Concentration Quiz
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Review of Developing Conditions
Review of Developing Conditions Video
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Review of Developing Conditions Quiz
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Restraining Development
Restraining Development Video
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Restraining Development Quiz
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General Developer Reaction
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