Type On Negative

2013-04-23 14

Remember the old days and the analogue sound of typewriters? With this tipster you can take your old mechanical typewriter for a Lomographic revival. Use your old mechanical typewriter to intervene on your old films.

What do you need?

  • A mechanical typewriter without ink ribbon. The hit of the typebar in a mechanical typewriter is stronger than in an electrical one; for this intervention method, the stronger the hit, the better the result.
  • Exposed and processed film.

What to do?

  • Place a piece of film on the platen (the typewriter roller where you normally place the sheet of paper). The film won’t roll like a sheet of paper, so you need to hold it on place and move it when necessary with your own hands. You can place it with the emulsion upside or downside.
  • Hit a key on the keyboard. If you look closely at the film, the typebar has imprinted it. You can even feel this imprint with your fingertips. Remember, the stronger the hit, the better the result, so don´t be shy with the keyboard.
  • Hit a key on the keyboard. If necessary, adjust the film. Type. Adjust. Type. Adjust. Let the analogue percussive sound of the machine take you away.
  • Take your film to the lab and ask for a print. You may need to explain that the film is “damaged” but you want to print it anyway.
  • Pick up your prints. Scan. Share.


  • The films that collaborated in this experiment suffered irreversible damage; if you are a control freak about your negative archive, don´t try this.

written by holgardo on 2013-04-23 #gear #tutorials #film #lab-rat #tipster #typewriter #damaged-film #mechanical #film-lab-rat-rumble


  1. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Awesome idea. I love the results <3 Thank you for sharing!!

  2. holgardo
    holgardo ·

    Thankyou you for reading and commenting @mafiosa

  3. pam-stach
    pam-stach ·

    this is so awesome!!!

  4. aguillem
    aguillem ·

    so cool! and I love the results!

  5. holgardo
    holgardo ·

    Thank you @pam-stach and @aguillem

  6. asharnanae
    asharnanae ·

    cool idea, wish I had a typewriter!

  7. holgardo
    holgardo ·

    It's not too hard to find a typewriter @asharnanae :-)

  8. 134340
    134340 ·

    brave! :)

  9. holgardo
    holgardo ·

    Thanks @134340

  10. littlekoala
    littlekoala ·

    I love it! I wish I had a typewriter too!

  11. holgardo
    holgardo ·

    Nos son tan difíciles de encontrar @littlekoala seguro encuentras una casi regalada en algún mercado de pulgas :-)
    Gracias por leer mi artículo

  12. littlekoala
    littlekoala ·

    El problema es que no tengo sitio en casa. Pero cuando me mude a una mas grande la compro seguro :)

  13. tak_nie
    tak_nie ·


  14. holgardo
    holgardo ·

    thank you @tak_nie

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