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ambrotypes, wet plate, and the joys of ether

Sunday, 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 [...]

Camp Obscura: Santa Fe

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Live near Santa Fe? Artist Jackie Mathey is hosting a week long pinhole camp for all ages from 12 years up. Starting on 9th June, participants with make and use 4×5″ pinhole cameras, learn cyanotype printing, make camera obscuras, work with film and paper development, and, by the sound of things, have a blast.

Brian Wagner’s Mac pinhole

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

I’ve been a fan of Instructables since it started, with its incredible collection of step-by-step how tos. Fresh and shiny from pinhole, day, though, they’ve got a particularly cool pinhole project online. Brian Wagner took an old Mac, and turned that into a camera, breathing new life into old tech with some sweet results.

Afterimage magazine

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

The current issue of Afterimage, the journal of media arts and cultural criticism, contains an article, Another heyday, by Tom Persinger about the nature of lensless photography, and one of my images. It’s available fairly widely in the US.

film data index

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Want to know which films are available in a particular format, where to find the datasheet, or how to identify that oddly-notched batch of sheet film? Nicolai has pulled together one of the most useful lists ever for film users. Pretty much every film available, the sizes, speeds, alternate brand names and all. It’s up [...]

Black and White Photography Magazine – pinhole special

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

The current issue of Black and White Photography magazine is a pinhole special. There’s an article by Andrew Sanderson about teaching children with pinhole, a piece by Tom Persinger on the new rise of pinholing, a feature article about Anthony Browell‘s images, a round up of some of the cameras you can buy, and selections [...]

wet collodion, ambrotypes, tintypes

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Ivy No. 2 Originally uploaded by Zmanphoto. I have fallen completely in love with the look of wet collodion photographs, probably because there are a handful of people doing the most amazing work with it at the moment. Luther Gerlach is working with mammoth-sized plates, making ambrotypes up to 22 by 28 inches. Mark Zimmerman [...]

Steven Taft: The existential acrobat

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Steven Taft, a tutor at Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida, has a big collection of pinhole work in his site, The existential acrobat. Visit when you have enough time to look at all his work, including the archives, because it’s gorgeous. Dreamlike and mesmerising in the way that the best pinhole images [...]

Gregg D Kemp

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

I’m not quite sure how I missed seeing Greg Kemp’s pinhole photographs, given that he’s the chap behind but, up until now, I did. And his dreamy, foggy pictures of Roanake Island shouldn’t be missed. “Even before it landed in the kitchen trashcan, my hand was reaching for the empty coffee bag I just [...]