Scanner photography: Adam Magyar

September 9th, 2010

The Lens Culture blog has a good piece on Adam Magyar’s scanner photography

Balancing Act, exhibition + reviews

August 31st, 2010

Katie Cooke: Balancing Act, 3-31 July, Axolotl Gallery, Edinburgh

I had an exhibition of my long exposure self portrait pinhole photographs, mostly from the Balancing Act series that I made between 2006 and 2007, exploring the gain, loss, and regain of my ability to stand. The show was at Axolotl Gallery, in Edinburgh, with some of the prints showing at its sister gallery, Axo, throughout August.

I got a couple of cracking reviews, with four stars from The List and four stars from The Scotsman, too.

Norm Sarachek: 17 January in NYC

January 9th, 2010

Norman Sarachek will be discussing his chemigram work at the f295 21st Century Photography symposium on Sunday, January 17 at B & H Photo in New York City. Sarachek’s cameraless photographic work is incredibly beautiful, and really pushes the edges of the possible.

Sarachek will join six other photographers in a discussion of unusual photographic techniques. In Sarachek’s hands the chemigram process, first described in 1956 by Belgian professor Pierre Cordier, is used in a unique way. Working much like a painter or print-maker, but using only photo paper, resist, light, and chemicals, his work bridges the aesthetic of painting and print-making with the materials of photography. There is no “taking” of a photograph. Rather, each image is conceived of and created completely by the artist as a unique work of art.

Seven photographers working with unusual photographic processes will describe their techniques at this event, Sunday, January 17, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. The Symposium is free but space is limited. More information can be found at B & H Photo online The B&H Event Space is at 9th Avenue and 34th Street, New York, NY.

print sale: pictures are an education

November 10th, 2009

print sale: pictures are an education

Originally uploaded by heyoka.

I’m offering a number of handmade silver prints, made from pictures in this set, for a reduced price for the next few weeks…

I’m currently studying to finish a long-paused degree, having picked it up again after a gap of twenty years. Unfortunately, I’m a bit short of funds and so need to raise the necessaries or put the studies on hold for another year. I’m hoping to start my next course, in art history, so that I can go on and apply to study for a masters. But, I need to pay for it in a month’s time. Towards that end, I’m selling some prints at a rather reduced price.

Each print is hand-printed by me on silver gelatin fibre-based paper, and toned. They are printed on 8×10" paper, so the image size is slightly smaller than that to allow for proper mounting. I will mount and window mat them, to a standard size (based on where you are, so, 12×16 inches or 30×40 centimetres, as appropriate.) They will be shipped in the first week of December, so, just in time for the holidays.

$95 each, plus postage. Or £60 including registered delivery in the UK.

The original images are either 4×5" wet plate collodion on clear glass, or pinhole photographs on 4×5" film.

Wouldn’t you like to give yourself a handmade silver print? Any questions, please just email me at

Adam Stone: pinholes from the fourth plinth

July 18th, 2009

fourth plinth pinhole, by plinth pinhole.

Adam Stone, a painter and lecturer based in Leeds, had a spot on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, as part of Antony Gormley’s One and Other project.

While perched on the plinth, he made a series of pinhole photographs.

Nick Dvoracek : the Populist in action

May 25th, 2009


Originally uploaded by ndvoracek.

Nick Dvoracek has been knocking them all the way out of the park and into the next town with the Populist, the little cardboard camera that can. (And this is another mighty example of his WPPD images.)

Nick’s designed a 35mm version, a 120 version, even a stereoscopic one, all with step by step instructions…what’s holding you back? It even has a Flickr group of its own.

updates at

May 10th, 2009

eight minutes

There’s a long overdue update to the main site at, with some new images in the self portrait section, and the work in progress area.

More soon!

(pinhole image above made on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2009)

ambrotypes, wet plate, and the joys of ether

January 4th, 2009

three parts of a spell (ambrotype)

For the past few months, I have been working with wet plate collodion photography. It’s something I’ve wanted to start for at least a couple of years, and this summer I had a chance to take a workshop with Kerik Kouklis.

And, no kidding, I am in love.

There are many, many reasons, but I think the key one for me is this: there’s the smallest distance between the maker and the final image. It’s so hands on, so organic, so physical at each and every stage. Everything you do leaves a trace, and you finish with a tangible object in your hands.

And, while I should double-stress that this is not a practical guide to doing it yourself, my good friend Haje has posted a piece I have written about making ambrotypes, over on the mighty photocritic.

(The image above is a 4×5″ clear glass ambrotype, that is it’s a one off image that becomes a postive when against a black background.)

Gabriel Lacomba

October 6th, 2008

Gabriel Lacomba, from Spain, has a huge range of pinhole photographs in his online portfolio, including some stunning colour portraits, 100 pinhole postcards from Palma, and lots more. Set aside a leisurely amount of time and explore well and admire his work.

me: group show in Sweden

September 13th, 2008

Shameless self promotion!

If you’re going to be anywhere near Öland at the end of the month, I hope you’ll be exploring the joys of Konstnatten. I wish I was able to go along myself, but 16 of my images will be on show at Saxnäs (including a dozen pinhole photographs). And I’m delighted to have my work sharing wall space with pictures by Bosse Blomqvist, one of my very favourite photographers.

Bosse works with old cameras, and often with hand-coated dry plates, doing astonishing things with light and memory.

There’s a good interview with Bosse by Chris Keeney, that’s well worth a read. At the very least, go and look at this and dream of quiet forests.