Monday, January 12, 2015
Inspired by the Hungarian Fortepan project, the University of Northern Iowa has announced the establishment of a new public digital photo archive featuring curated photos made by ordinary Iowans over the 20th century. Taking its name from a panchromatic black-and-white film stock manufactured in Hungary right up to the closure of the Forte plant in 2007, the original Fortepan archive started out as a private project of collectors Ákos Szepessy and Miklós Tamási, borne out of a desire to demonstrate that photos - even "artistically worthless" snapshots - taken by ordinary people can help us better understand the history of the 20th century. Thanks to donations, the collection has grown to include over forty thousand digitised black-and-white and colour photographs, from a pseudo-bucolic idyll dating back to 1900 to a 1990 photograph of a still-standing section of the Berlin wall. Based on this project, the new Fortepan Iowa archive will display thousands of photographs along a sliding interactive timeline and invite visitors to horizontally scroll through highly curated, well-documented photographs digitised at "tremendously high resolution," the university says. The open-source platform will inspire visitors to engage digitally with the high-quality images — a rare opportunity in a heavily copyrighted age. Fortepan Iowa will launch in March 2015 with at least 2,000 photos in the archive.
Friday, January 9, 2015
The Lomography Online Shop - and some Gallery Stores - now stock Lumi products, which allow you to print your favourite analogue photos on fabric, "It all starts with a special liquid called Inkodye, a photosensitive dye which is activated by light or UV. You can then use negatives of favorite photos and fabric to block light from activating inkodye, leaving you with cool designs," the company says. "The perfect tool for your next creative project or a lovely gift in the upcoming holiday season." Billed as a simple DIY alternative to screen-printing powered by sunlight, Inkodye works on cotton, linen, silk, rayon, canvas, or any other natural and absorbent material. Once finished, your print is soft, permanent and can be machine washed without fading.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
To celebrate the production of a million packs of film in less than a single calendar year, Impossible is offering three people the chance to win a set of three original Polaroid cameras and the entire family of Impossible film. To win one of the three prize sets, you have to find a golden darkslide hidden in the cassette of an Impossible 600-type instant film. You must then email to Impossible an image of the dark slide, showing the verification number, along with your full name and address, and the correct answers to two questions: 1) In what year did Impossible buy the last factory in the world making Polaroid instant film? 2) In which country is this factory located? The competition closes at 11:59pm on 30th December.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Lomography has just announced the Diana F+ Explorer Nocturne medium-format film camera. Limited to only 1000 units worldwide, the Diana F+ Explorer Nocturne Edition features a copper color scheme and a starry night sky design, and comes complete with a matching flash unit. The camera is available in the Lomography Online Shop for £89.
Friday, November 14, 2014
The first Hasselblad camera ever to be used in space was sold for $281,250 at a special auction in Boston yesterday. A UK-based Internet bidder beat off all comers to the legendary 500c first used by astronaut Wally Schirra on a Mercury Atlas mission back in 1962. “The previous owner had bought this Hasselblad in 1994 for a little under $15,000…. which goes to show how vibrant the growth is in space artefacts," RR Auction vice-president Bobby Livingston said. "The final figure of just over $281,250 well exceeded our pre-auction estimate of between $50,000 and $100,000.”
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Lomo'Instant film camera is now available for regular purchase. This funky little instant film camera features a built-in wide-angle lens plus fisheye and portrait lens attachments, and works with the widely available Fujifilm Instax Mini film. The Lomo'Instant can be purchased in the Lomography Online Shop, Lomography Gallery & Embassy Stores and a number of other partner stores worldwide, priced at £89.
Friday, November 7, 2014
The first Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens carried into orbit by Wally Schirra on Mercury-Atlas 8 will be auctioned by Boston, MA based RR Auction later this month. Schirra reportedly purchased the Hasselblad 500c camera at a Houston photo supply shop in 1962, and brought it back to NASA for mission use preparation. The modifications included the installation of a 100-exposure film container, an aiming device mounted on the side, and modification of the camera surface, plus the original metal facing was repainted black to minimise reflections. The auction is scheduled to take place on 13th November at 3:00 pm ET, at RR Auction’s Boston Gallery.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Impossible have released their long-promised Color 600, SX-70 and Spectra/Image Black Frame films. "Black frame color films are yet another dynamic alternative to the ‘standard’ square white frame made famous by Polaroid," the company says. "They are a stylish addition to a film line-up that includes the iconic white frame, along with gold, silver, a variety of colors, tropical florals and animal skins." Impossible Color Film Black Frames are suitable for use with any Polaroid SX-70, 600,or Image/Spectra camera as well as the Impossible Instant Lab.
Monday, October 20, 2014
The Impossible Cyan 600 and Magenta 600 Monochrome are the first in a new series of Impossible monochrome films. “We have been experiencing a huge demand for films that take users out of the ‘norm’ of the classic square, white frame everyone recognises as a ‘Polaroid’,." says Creed O’Hanlon, Impossible’s Chief Executive Officer. "Impossible photographers like to push the boundaries of their creativity and we try to support them with a range of different instant film materials." Impossible Cyan 600 Monochrome and Magenta 600 Monochrome can be shot in any Polaroid 600-type camera or Impossible’s own Instant Lab. The films will be available on Wednesday 22nd October, from the Impossible Online Shop and selected resellers worldwide.
The Lomographic Society has unveiled the LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 film. Now available to pre-order with a quantity of only 5,000 from the first batch, the LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 film comes in 35mm and 120 formats and retails in 5, 10, 15 or 20 packs. "Following on from our hugely successful LomoChrome Purple film, this colour negative film will bathe your photos in lustrous tones – turning lighter colors into varying shades of blues from aqua to cobalt, transforming greens into deep emerald shades and changing a crystal clear sea into a golden hue," the company says. You can preorder the film through the website below.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Film manufacturer Ferrania is in the process of building a new factory in northern Italy. Two years ago, the company ceased production of all photographic film due to plummeting demand. Now they have embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the resumption of operations. "We have created an ambitious new factory design that will allow us to produce enough film, at a reasonable price, to meet worldwide demand," the company says. "We have already rescued tons of equipment (quite literally) from the old Ferrania buildings - but we need more and we are out of time. The buildings will be destroyed at the end of this year." The campaign has already surpassed its target but you can still pledge to back the project and receive various rewards - rolls of 35mm, 120 format, Super 8 and 16mm motion picture film - in exchange.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Lomography has introduced a limited-edition Tungsten film. Available in 135 (35mm) format, the Lomography Cine400 Tungsten film is an ISO400/27° Tungsten-balanced colour negative film made from authentic cine material. "If you loved the Lomography Cine200 Tungsten Film, you’ll love this even more – the high ISO means it’s suitable for various lighting conditions," the company says. "This emulsion yields excellent grain, smooth gradation, remarkable shadow details and natural skin tone." There are only 4000 rolls available, and the price is £9.90 per 36-exposure roll.
Website: Lomography Online Shop
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Fujifilm UK is to close its Leeds-based E6 slide processing facility next month. This ceasing of E6 processing operations was planned a year in advance to enable customers who have remaining rolls of Fujichrome Sensia process-paid film sufficient time to get them developed. Fujifilm's pre-paid processing vouchers are only valid up to the closing date of 1st November 2014. Note, however, that Leeds-based professional laboratory CC Imaging will carry on developing transparency films as normal, just not under the 'Fujifilm Processing Laboratory' brand.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Impossible has just released a new instant film for Polaroid SX-70 type cameras. The B&W SX-70 Hard Color is the latest in a series of Impossible Special and Limited Edition instant films that offer not just alternatives to the classic, white, square frame made famous by Polaroid – Impossible has created films with black, silver, gold, multiple colors, and tropical and animal skin prints – but also different coloured film emulsions, including sepia, cyan and magenta.The Polaroid SX-70 format is now 42 years old but according to Creed O’Hanlon, the Berlin-based CEO of Impossible CEO, it still relevant and exciting: “Analogue black and white film photography is being rediscovered by a younger generation who are captivated by the magical physicality – and authenticity – of a monochrome picture that develops within a few minutes in the palm of your hand.”
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Want to see exactly what the new Leica M Edition 60 camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica M Edition 60 camera.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Want to see exactly what the new Leica M-A (Typ 127) camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica M-A (Typ 127) camera.
The Leica M-A (Typ 127) is a new purely mechanical rangefinder camera. The Leica M-A (Typ 127) stands for a return to photography in its most original form. Without reliance on a monitor, exposure metering or batteries, photographers can explore entirely new creative horizons. Because, with a camera reduced to only essential camera functions, users of the M-A can now concentrate entirely on the essential parameters of subject composition – namely focal length, aperture and shutter speed – and on capturing the decisive moment. The Leica M-A (Typ 127) will cost £3100.00 and be available from Leica Store Mayfair, Leica Store Burlington and authorised Leica dealers starting October 2014.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Hasselblad has announced the upcoming launch of a new medium format camera body. The Hasselblad H5X, which boasts latest capture functionality comes after the spring launch of the world's first 50MP CMOS Sensor H5D-50c camera and the summer launch of the new H5D-50c MS, H5D-200c MS and the CFV-50c CMOS digital back. The H5X, which will retail at €4,595 without viewfinder (or €5,795 with viewfinder), provides the same extensive functionality as the H1 and H2 cameras but with a number of new functions including full HC and HCD lens compatibility, eight memory banks, True Focus mechanism, high-power AF illumination, superior viewfinder options including the HVD 90x viewfinder optimised for 36x48 mm format and HV 90x-II viewfinder optimised for the film and 40.2×53.7 mm format. the camera works with film and digital backs. Hasselblad will showcase the new H5X at photokina 2014.
Fuji today announced an expansion of its Instax line of instant film cameras with the redesigned Fujifilm Instax Wide 300, which uses large format instant film. Sporting a contemporary and professional design for better image composition and easier handling, the Instax Wide 300 features an optical viewfinder, a 95mmm f/14 lens, AE control with exposure compensation, a lens ring dial with a two-range focus zone setting, an integrated flash, a tripod socket and a close-up lens adapter for macro shooting as close as 15.5”from the subject. The Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 uses Instax Wide instant film that is double the size of Instax Mini film. It is ideally suited for fashion photography, group shots at parties and events, landscape scenes, as well as many practical business applications, the company says. The Instax Wide 300 will be available in spring 2015 for USD $129.99 \ CAD $129.99.
Monday, September 8, 2014
The Lomo LC-A 120 is a new medium-format "toy" camera designed for Lomography enthusiasts. Using standard 120 format film, the LC-A 120 boasts an ultra-wide Minigon XL 38mm f/4.5 multi-coated lens featuring 5 optical elements in 4 groups, and shoots 6x6 type square-format images. The minimum focusing distance is 0.6m, and the lens can also be set to 1m, 2.5m and infinity. Other features include multiple exposures, and long exposures with slow sync flash, cable release & tripod thread plus hot shoe for attaching a flash. Dubbed "the most compact, magical & fully automatic 120 film camera ever," the Lomo LC-A 120 is now available to pre-order for £339.