Science in the Darkroom

16/01/2019 - 27/01/2019
Science in the Darkroom

A chance discovery has brought the delicate lost art of glass plate photography back to life at an exhibition of forgotten images and negatives at Alberton, in Auckland. 

The exhibition of 15 highly intricate and beautifully composed photographs will delight photographic enthusiasts as well as those with an interest in the long history of plant research in Mt Albert.  The exhibition is presented by Plant and Food Research.

Glass plate photography had once been a go-to technology worldwide from the late-1800s to the mid-1950s before Kodak film and new, smaller cameras transformed photography and made it accessible to everyone. The dry-plate process, also known as the gelatin process, was used to document science subjects by photographers internationally and in New Zealand because of its superior chemical stability and quality compared to film. Glass plates were still being used in high-quality photography as late as the 1980s.

Like all technology, glass plate had its upsides and downsides. Photographers had to master the cumbersome, time-consuming and fickle process, but when everything came together the results were astounding. 

You are warmly invited to the opening night of Science in the Darkroom photography exhibition, presented by Plant & Food Research, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday 16 January 2019.  The exhibition then runs daily until 27 January except for 21 & 22 January)

Event Details


  • Opening night: Wednesday 16 January
  • 4.30 - 7pm
  • 17 - 27 January (except 21 & 22 January)
  • 10.30am - 4.30pm

How Much?

Entry to the exhibition is free, $10 per person to explore Alberton fully.


  • 100 Mt Albert Road
  • Mt Albert
  • Auckland
  • 1025

Contact Information

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.


Adults: $10 Children free Unaccompanied children $3.50 Use your Entertainment Book voucher here. Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.