Friday, May 22, 2015
Impossible is inviting photographers around the world to join them on a virtual tour of their factory via the new video streaming app, Periscope. Located in Enschede, Netherlands the iconic factory was the last standing Polaroid factory, with Impossible obtaining it in 2008 to begin their own journey to save instant film. The live virtual tour, which begins today at 12:30pm BST, will give an insight to key film development processes and a glimpse into how Impossible instant films are made. In order to join the tour you need to download the Periscope app and give @Impossible_HQ a follow on Twitter. The streams will be available on Impossible's Periscope feed for 24 hours for those who missed the live stream.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Photographer Pascal Kulcsár has built an automated slide "scanner" using commercially available LEGO pieces. The impressive contraption comprises a motorised slide transport system, a lightbox, a tripod-mounted digital SLR camera and a laptop; and requires absolutely no user intervention. Using his invention, Mr Kulcsár successfully digitised a wealth of photographs captured by his grandfather who has recently passed away at the age of 94.
Monday, March 30, 2015
One of the first commercially viable 35mm colour motion picture cameras (pictured) will be auctioned by Special Auction Services in Newbury on 2nd July. Invented by George Albert Smith of Brighton, England in 1906, Kinemacolor cameras were used in the UK from 1908 to 1914. Hugo Marsh, Director of Special Auction Services says: “This camera is a really rare find – the cameras and film were extremely expensive when new so very few were made and each of the handful of survivors is significantly different - making them all the more sought after now.” Also included in the two day auction will be a single owner collection of 500 cameras that are expected to fetch in excess of £120,000. One of the earliest examples included in the collection is a 1860s wet plate camera that carries an estimate of £600-800. Day two of the sale comprises a collection of in excess of 200 Leica cameras, including a Reporter 250 (£2,000-3,000), the Leica IV Compur (rim set) estimated at £1,000-1,500 and more than 30 of the legendary M Series Rangefinder cameras with estimates from £200-800 each.
The Lomographic Society has announced its third Film Photography Day. Starting at 11am on April 11th, the twelve-hour event offers an in-store raffle, a Konstruktor building competition and various photography workshops & challenges. The Lomographic online community will also be rewarded for snapping away on Film Photography Day as the Society is organising an online contest, with the main prizes being 100 rolls of film and a Petzval lens.
Friday, March 6, 2015
The Lomographic Society has announced the Lomo'Instant Boston Edition Package. 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 latest addition to the Lomo’Instant family features bold colours and strong lines, and comes complete with the Fisheye, Portrait and Close Up lens attachments as well as the brand new Lomo’Instant Splitzer, a must-have slice and dice accessory for shooting multiple exposures. The Lomo'Instant Boston Edition Package is available in the Lomography Online Store for £129/$169..
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Impossible have released four new colour films for Polaroid 600 and Polaroid SX-70 instant cameras. The new film frames your images ‘in the round’ within the borders of a Polaroid-format instant photo, rather than the classic square, making it well-suited to portraiture and still-life photography. Based on a limited-run Polaroid instant film produced in Europe a decade ago, round frame film was re-introduced by Impossible in a B&W 600 version, late last year. Pricing for the colour version starts at €21 for a single pack.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The Lomographic Society have just relaunched their website, lomography.com. The site has been totally redesigned and is now optimised for all screen sizes. It also has a number of new features and improvements including a new uploader, new photo filtering optins and a dedicated Shoutbox. "For now, we realise that some much-loved features from the old site such as LomoWalls are not yet integrated," Lomography says. "We will be polishing these and rolling them out one by one to best work your feedback in."
Ilford Photo have published the findings of a recent survey designed to help them better understand film users. Thousands of film photographers from over 70 countries completed the questionnaire, and 30% of them turned out to be under 35, with three-fifths of them using film for less than 5 years. "For many of those the interest began after receiving a film camera as a gift from family or a friend," the company says. "Thanks to the film users who took part in this survey, we have confirmed what we thought, which is that the recent growth in film sales can be attributed to the new users coming through." Of those who responded, 98% used black and white film with 31% shooting it exclusively. Just 2% use only colour film. Interestingly 86% of respondents used roll film, and the Lomo and Holga cameras proved popular in this category.
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