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.
By far the oddest-looking camera I own, the Electric Eye is an auto-exposure viewfinder camera made by Bell & Howell in the late 1950s. I picked one up online and ended up with another one, that came with a very cool, retro looking carrying case, from my grandfather. It took a little while to try these two out but after running some film I found that this camera is a lot of fun to shoot with.
There is no permanent way to defy the natural process of time and decay; human ability and scientific process could only delay. Photographer Erik Hijweege visits a repository of frozen endangered species to immortalize them in photographs.
After 176 years of being in the business, the Bourne & Shepherd Studio, one of the oldest photography studios in the world, has recently closed down. Good news is the early photographs of Samuel Bourne and Charles Shepherd has been archived to the public.
We had huge support on Kickstarter for the Daguerreotype Achromat Lens and we will be celebrating with a party and exhibition of Daguerreotype Achromat Lens shots from photographers around the world. Join us for your chance to test this lens out and enjoy some complimentary drinks.
What can be done with old printed photographs which no longer serve fascination in the digital age? Polish artist Weronika Gęsicka re-imagines these vintage prints in to new images and frames of passed time and emphasizes the importance of print in the matter of memory.
This beautiful camera features such ability to let users choose and switch between 35mm or 120 formats! Shoot more, save more! Get 15% discount on Lomography Films when you purchase film with the Lubitel camera!
I like to think, that every location I have been writing about in the past years was a discovery of some sort. This story will be about the discovery somebody else made. Wendy Sloboda is maybe the coolest dino hunter of our time. She has tattoos, dreads and she found a new species of dinosaur, that now carries her name: the Wendiceratops Pinhornensis.
Do you long for the dreamy soft focus that only the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens can give your photos? Grab it in the lens mount of your choice! Brass versions are now available for purchase in the shop!
We at Lomography know that film photography is alive and well, but it has also begun to attract some high-profile attention as analog processes rise in popularity. Recently, Al Roker and the Today Show visited Lomography NYC to find out just what it is about film that people love so much.
The TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards is made up of 11 different categories. Through these 11 different categories — 10 unchanging and one modified every year to reflect contemporary global issues — we’re asking to see the world through your eyes and to share your experience as a human on this beautiful, bizarre and bewildering planet. Be mesmerized by these moody black and white photographs that took the top spot in our Monochrome category.