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."
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.
There are certain types of photographs that we lomographers just can't get enough of no matter how much we've already taken them. The silhouette is one of them, and the staggering number of such photographs that can be found in the alone community is a strong proof of its popularity.
The brazilian summer inspired camera is now at 20% off! You can now celebrate life in full color and treasure every culture in a snap! This summer is no exception; make sure you’re prepared to capture all the sporty action with the Fisheye No.2 Brazilian Summer Camera!
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!
A UK Community LomoAmigo and a passionate analogue photographer, Julia, better known to the community as schlogoat, has been collecting cameras for 17 years. This loyal disciple of analogue does not only shoot on film but processes her own rolls as well. Read on to find out more about her and her camera collection.
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.
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Her choice of soak for her photographic series "Float On" may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it can't be denied that something so unique deserves a spot in the limelight. During a recent chat with Brigette Bloom, the outlandishly experimental film photographer eagerly shared her inspiration for the series, process (a tipster!), and what she thought of people's reactions over her work, among other things. Check out the exclusive interview after the cut!
Derek Woods is an Los Angeles-based photographer who previously got involved in a controversy surrounding a photo that was used in the opening credits of the HBO TV series "True Detective." Coincidentally, Woods happens to be a member of the Lomo community, and it became vital to interview him regarding the issue. The interview was successful and was published in May last year. His current project, 365 of Lomography, will chronicle his day-to-day exploits with Lomography cameras. To jog your memory, and to re-acquaint you with Woods, we are republishing our interview with the controversial photographer. Please take note that some of the photos are NSFW.