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.
About three weeks ago, we shared with you the fascinating discovery of some of Andy Warhol's digital artworks created with an Amiga computer and saved on floppy disks. Now, through this short documentary, we get to find out how the entire project came to be as well as see bits of the recovery process itself.
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!
Photographer Ian Ruhter certainly isn't letting initial failure get in the way of his dreams as he attempts to take photographs of the Yosemite Valley using what has been touted as the world's largest wet plate collodion camera for the second time.
As one of our most seasoned community members, herbert-4's collection of photos spans over decades of experience in film photography. Many of his albums contain images that we could only dream of capturing, from a time and generation that not many of us had the chance to be part of. Not surprisingly, each photo is entitled to its own story, and herbert-4 shares the story behind this one after the jump.
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.
Ever been curious about the fascinating world of large format photography? A short film you'll find after the jump offers a glimpse into the amazing analogue processes that go into taking a single high quality photograph
Variety can always spice things up when it comes to artistry. See how photographer John Chervinsky jumps from one medium to another and explore the notions of variety in his series Studio Physics. More photos after the jump.
Love medium format? This Belair baby will never fail you to satisfy your cravings for taking photographs in 120 format! Choose among the different variants of Belair cameras that will suit your tastes!
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.
One of the great things about photography is that we can look at the world and preserve that image on print instead of just looking at it again and again in our heads. Also, we can create a world as we’d like it to be – with everything just the way we like them.