The Woodburytype process is a photomechanical process invented by Walter Woodbury in 1864. It is technically not a photographic process as it does not involve light in the actual making of the print, but rather it is a type of relief achieved via printing press.
The process starts with a mold that was created using a photographic image. The mold is a sheet of lead etched with groves that represents the different tones of the original photograph. The George Eastman House explains it succinctly:
Lead as a soft metal is used to record the impression of chromated gelatin that becomes hard and insoluble when exposed to light. The gelatin layer is washed in warm water leaving a low relief of high points where light struck the plate, and low areas that can be washed away.
When pressed under extreme pressure against the lead, it leaves an impression like an intalio printing plate. Since it was made through a negative, when inked, the ink stays in the deep areas corresponding to the dark sections of the negative (the absence of exposure) and has progressively less ink where the hardened gelatin is raised and doesn’t take the ink, and from the negative are the light areas.
The ink is retained by another layer of gelatin that is pulled off and transferred to a paper support, which is a print recording the full tones of the original negative, and the lead can be used for multiple printings.
For a time, it has been the preferred method in producing illustrative material for books and other publications.
It's only been a couple of days since Lomography launched its first dedicated instant camera via Kickstarter, but it seems to have already caused quite a stir not only here in the community but in other websites as well. See what the press is saying about the new Lomo'Instant camera in this first of two parts of our press recaps!
Marcus DeSieno is a Tampa-based photographer who specializes in merging early and modern photographic processes for his body of work. In this exclusive follow-up feature, DeSieno opens up about his process and gives a detailed walk through on his odd yet undeniably fascinating series, "Cosmos," which was previously featured here on the Lomography Magazine, and "Parasites."
Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.
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 since light painting was invented, it inspired artists from all around the globe to magical creations that capture hidden movements and reinvent the world we live in. "Life is a fairy tale, stay wild little child!" is what they want to tell us. Bringing light to life became the next challenge for anyone rigged with a film camera and a creative mind.
Now, how can you take your analogue light paintings from the ordinary to the outstanding? After the carriage came the car, so we definitely need some spacy inventions to follow the old school light pen. So here it is, our new best friend: The Pixelstick!
Photographer Brigette Bloom's series "Float On" and her rather unusual film soak recipe has been making the rounds in the Internet recently. But just in case you haven't seen it yet, Brigette has given us the green light to republish her recipe right here in the magazine's Tipster section! As she has so rightly put it, "Let’s all support each other and spread the creative energy!" Check out Brigette's tipster right after the cut!
The people of a city, to me, speak volumes about its culture and sense of community. And that is why I sought out the people who make Denver that much more interesting after the initial period of settling down. My search lead to a few establishments that have contributed to making Denver what it is today. In the second story on Transient Living, I present to you two of such establishments: The Craftsman & Apprentice, and A Small Print Shop.
An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available in eBook form at Amazon.com. In this article, Healy explains how she fell hard in love with the Lomography XPro Slide 200 film and why she takes it on her many travels.
"The photographer remains the same but it’s the viewer that is the magic part of the whole process," David Lynch says in this video by LA Review of Books. "Every viewer who stands in front of a certain photograph—they’re getting a different thing."