After the success of the Daguerreotype, and as the interest in capturing and preserving images continuously rose, man sought to develop a way to produce multiple copies of the same image. And thus, the collodion process was born.
The collodion process, more commonly known as the wet plate process, was invented in 1851 by Frederic Scott Archer. It is a simple process of coating a clean glass plate with a special mixture of bromide, iodide, or chloride dissolved in collodion, and then placing the plate in a silver nitrate bath. The image is exposed upon the plate while it is wet, and then immediately set to develop.
The process proved to be a bit of a challenge at first, given that it should be done – from coating to developing — well before the glass plate dried, but it also became an advantage because this made it a much quicker process than making a daguerreotype. And since the image produced on the glass plate is a negative, it allowed people to create multiple copies of the same image.
These very reasons allowed the collodion process to completely replace the daguerreotype as the photographic process of choice by the end of the 1850s.
Marcus Selmer was the first daguerreotype photographer of Bergen, Norway. He was up-to-date with new technologies and even shifted to wet plate collodion process, a more practical alternative to daguerreotypes. In the 1850s, he also made a series of portraits highlighting folk costumes, from floor-grazing bunad dresses to men’s mink coats. The prints were sold to tourists as a remembrance of traditional Norwegian culture.
With an expanded field of view and its ability to produce high quality images and capture minute detail, medium format photography has become the top choice of many photographers. Lomography is working hard to make sure that it keeps going with the continued production of medium format film and cameras. The current issue of German magazine FOTO HITS focuses on medium format photography. And with this rumble, we want to prove why medium format photography is king. Take your Diana F+, Holga 120, Lubitel 166+ or the new Lomo LC-A 120 and show us your best square shots!
The founder of The Pop-Up Pinhole Co., Kelly Angood, has been handcrafting pinhole cameras from scratch since 2010. After developing a huge online following from one of her early pinhole designs, she embarked on a mission to design an affordable, functional pinhole camera that could be constructed all in the comfort of your own home — and it had to look great too! Following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, her mission was realized. Read on to see how it happened and what's next for Kelly and The Pop-Up Pinhole Company!
Since the dawn of time humans have strived for impossible situations: Icarus's wings, a magic carpet and green tomato ketchup (it does not taste the same). Multiple exposures are an excellent way for us to create visions beyond our wildest dreams.
Having a professional photographer in the family paved a way for Bill to start taking interest in photography early on. In this interview, he shares more about how he discovered the community and his passion for shooting analog. Let's all welcome our newcomer of the week from USA, billseye!
Canadian-born Ian Taylor is a full-time photographer specializing in kids and development work. It all started when his five siblings started having children at the same time he was into photography. This passion then spiraled into something amazing, and now Ian works primarily with kids, shooting them when they are in their purest form. Based in Asia, Ian has agreed to share this amazing series of photos he shot with his Petzval Art Lens in Cambodia and Thailand. He also shared with us some of his insights and views on photography.
With a Lomo'Instant Camera and a Splitzer, you can get absolutely funny and creative images. I took it to the highest level and exposed my shots from 4 to 8 times! What you'll see next is an impressive mix of colors, textures, places and people captured in a very surreal way!
Geoffrey Berliner is the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. As the head of an organization whose goals are 'to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level' and 'to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts,' his exposure to photographic materials -from 19th century gems to modern equipment- is so extensive, one cannot even begin to fathom just how much knowledge and experience this man has acquired. His collection of over 2000 vintage Petzval lenses is unparalleled, and the object of envy of both traditional and contemporary photographers. Although such lenses are reputed to require a certain level of skill to be used, Berliner seems to manage them with so much ease, producing splendid results.
The bravest and most creative lomographers are rewarded with astounding photographs, the results of their often out-of-the-box and extreme experiments. In this featured album, clickiemcpete channeled the famous Victor Frankenstein in creating what he calls the FrankenFilm. Find out how it's done straight from the lomographer himself!