Shortly after the discovery of the collodion process, another photographic process -- one that could be considered as complimentary -- came to rise: the albumen print.
The albumen print was invented by Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard in 1850, and was the cheapest and easiest way to create multiple photographic paper prints back in the day.
The popularity of the albumen print can be attributed to its ability to recreate the same precise and detailed images as to daguerreotypes and tintypes, but in an extremely low cost. It was essentially a paper coated in an albumen (egg white) solution, dried then coated in silver nitrate, and then dried again. This renders the paper sensitive to UV light, and in order to recreate an image, one would just simply expose it to light under a negative (usually a glass plate), and set it with a toner or fixer.
You can follow the steps to create your own albumen prints here.
Photography has progressed into a myriad of processes and genres but there are still some people who passionately create imagery using the traditional tools that started it all. Photographer Alex Timmermans is one of those them. See his wet collodion photographs after the jump.
Not long after Alex Timmermans purchased his first digital camera at the turn of the century, he quickly realized the trappings of digital photography couldn't fulfill his personal photographic desires. He then began searching for a more challenging process — one that wasn't so predictable. His journey eventually landed him back at the roots of analogue photography, specifically employing the wet plate collodion process using original Petzval lenses. This antique photographic process found in him a renewed inspiration and has since become his passion, which is evident in both his words and his images.
For a short time, Blaine Vernicek, otherwise known as clownshoes in our Community, needed to be away from his beloved muse, Miss Katie, and stay in another state because of his new job. But thanks to his Lomo Smena Symbol, he was able to bring with him photographs of his sweetheart that somehow helped him forget the unnerving distance between them. Read on to find out more about this heartwarming story in this installment of My First Lomo Affair!
One of the earliest photographic printing processes, cyanotype printing produces cyan-colored prints using a mixture of ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide. It was discovered in 1842 by English scientist and astronomer John Herschel who mainly used it for reproducing notes and diagrams. The process was later adapted by Anna Atkins in producing her photographic book about algaes called Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions.
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!
Throwing chemicals, fire, and scratching emulsion are just a few ways of experimenting with film. But there's another process that completely destroys it (or, if you're lucky, creates something amazing), that is as spastic as a drunken man staggering his way home after a night at the pub - literally.
And it all comes down to darkness.
As we were admiring our community Petzval photographs, we came across the amazing pictures of jules78. This very young but already promising photographer was delighted to share his experience and give advice to future owners of the brass lens. Read his interview after the jump!
As an undergraduate majoring in Fine Arts, budding South Korean photographer Jinveun often spends her time drawing portraits for her projects. Inevitably, it was through this that she had started to seriously consider rendering portraits through the medium of photography.
Kerstin, or kleeblatt in our Community, swears by the Holga 120N's capability in producing the perfect photograph. She loves this camera so much that she considers it as one of her travel essentials! Find out more about kleeblatt and her Holga 120N in this week's Weapon of Choice!
We are proud to announce that the Lomography shop now stocks Lumi products, which allow you to print your favorite analogue photos and all manner of other fantastic things on fabric using the power of light! In this article, we want to tell you a bit more about Lumi and the way this special printing process works.