- 19th century photography studio equipment rentals

- The Lincoln Project

Scully & Osterman Studio rents out 19th century photography studio equipment for exhibits:

Above photo was taken at the exhibit "Into the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painting and Photography from Corot to Monet" at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in 2008. The exhibit and equipment then traveled to The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX. Image ©National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Some of the equipment available at Scully & Osterman Skylight Studio

Equipment from Scully & Osterman studio is available for loan to numerous museums and filmmakers, on location and in the skylight studio in Rochester, NY. In addition, Scully & Osterman are available as consultants to find and supply original equipment for purchase, and assisting with direction and design.

Museums include:

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY
Blum House Studio Project, Old Salem Museum, Winston-Salem, NC
Charles Miner's photo studio exhibit, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN

Filmmakers include:

BBC; The Genius of Photography
A&E's biography, George Eastman
The American Experience: The Wizard of Photography, WGBH Boston
Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Love Letters, Greenlight Productions

For more information, please contact: sculloster(at)


The Lincoln Project

Image ©Yankee Carpetbaggers, Highland Park, Illinois, 2001

Detail of Abraham Lincoln salt print.

Print size is 11" x 14." The original negative was made by Alexander Gardner Nov. 8, 1863, 11 days before Lincoln's Gettysburg address. The interpositive and new 11" x14" negative were made by Mark Osterman using the wet-plate collodion process. The salt prints are made by France Scully Osterman.

Each print is made on Strathmore 500 series plate finish paper. the print is coated first with salt solution and hung to dry. Once dry, it is coated with silver solution and dried again.

The coated paper is placed with the negative in a printing frame and exposed to light.
The print is washed and fixed, washed again, and heat-toned.

Each print is then retouched, and hand-waxed with bees wax and oil of lavender. This process takes five days to complete.

To order a limited edition print, contac: The Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, in Chicago:

Some of the photographic processes we research and use:

- heliographs - physautotypes - daguerreotypes - calotypes - bayard direct positives - albumen-on-glass negatives & lantern slides - ambrotypes & tintypes - wet-plate collodion negatives, dry-plate collodion negatives, preserved collodion negatives - gelatin glass negatives - photogenic drawings - salted paper prints - albumen prints - platinum and palladium prints - carbon - gum bichromate - collodion printing-out paper - gelatin chloride printing-out paper- gelatin developing-out paper- "whey" developing-out prints - solar enlargements...

Unless otherwise indicated, all images and text on this website are © Scully & Osterman, and may not be used without permission.

Updated August 2013