Friday, March 30, 2012

Impossible by Nigo Edition PX 70 Color Shade

I hope in the future to make more comments on why I think Impossible by Nigo Edition PX 70 Color Shade is one of the most interesting and brilliant branding solutions (and I rarely use the term "solutions" that way) that I have seen in a long time.  All I ask for you to do is look at it and study it a bit, because there are various levels of meaning and joy, that I see, and I want you to see them too.

And buy it! I do. PX 70 Color Shade works very nicely in my Jordan Marsh SX70 and I have posted photographs here that I like very much. Not to oversell, I think TIP is showing some results that a person new to instant photography might achieve, as those who have taken the time to look into this new material more closely (I was at the plant less than a year ago) have really started to learn how to make PX 70 Color Shade go!  Now, you go here and see for yourself!

The R in a circle is used to denote the registration 
of a trademark. Here it is used as a design element. The further irony is the photograph of a discontinued Polaroid product bearing the Giambarba rainbow.

Product branding, trademarks, and trade dress, are an interesting field that we artists and photographers can participate in. Lawyers can get in on it too. Photographers of the 21st Century will increasingly look back on these days as a transitional time, and with fondness.  Today we can be part of it.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New from New55 North

This highly intriguing New55 photograph by Tobias Feltus demonstrates the sometimes-seen texture surrounding a defined subject area. The delineated, pronounced edge effect may not be unique to New55, but is certainly a strong underlying characteristic that we sometimes see.

I will let Tobias Feltus make additional remarks on the photograph. Click on it to make it larger.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


If you are wondering what is happening now, I'm taking a break.  Also selling some things to cover expenses as the price of the sheet film has increased dramatically.

Progress on certain fronts: specifications, vendors, plans for interns, etc.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Yellow Dot Bausch & Lomb 12"

Where do these yellow dots come from? Here is yet another enigmatic yellow mark on the rim of a lens - this one an uncoated, apertureless B&L projection lens or something of the like, mounted on a Speed Graphic lens board.  Proceeds go to New55. This went for a really low price on ebay which was disappointing. One of the biggest obstacles we are facing with New55 is the paradox that many of our supporters will spend $3000 on a DSLR but think that $6 for a 4x5 shot (that the DSLR can never do) is too much.  How can we present this in a cost per shot, or price per yield manner? I think it is hard to do.  Five good photographs in a month would be a decent yield, though that depends on what one considers to be good.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Early color transparencies at the George Eastman House

I'm putting up this shot of the emulsion making workshop group taken in October 2011 when our class was shown some very early two color pre-Kodachrome transparencies.  The solemn gaze of the participants is coincidence as we were having quite a fun time that day among the Westons, Adams, Evans and Langes perched on the wall for us to admire, and co-instructor Mark Osterman (right) an early process historian, had this additional treat for us to view. Here we were in the basement of the Eastman House conservation rooms, the epicenter of reposed photographs of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

You must imagine these early 8x10 color transparencies: The delicate two part system has to be placed in perfect registration and even the parallax error from our viewing position was enough to produce color fringes. But straight on, there was yellow, and other tones we recognized among the reds and blues, and greens. A charming garden scene, Victorian color. Another view - A portrait of a rather stern woman, in vivid pink - elicited some humorous chatter, perhaps a bit impolite amid reverence for the pioneers of color who early on sought to find, and refine the highly specialized photosensitive materials we consumed for decades and now rarely buy.

Last week we heard that Kodak was discontinuing the manufacture of color transparency film, due to lack of demand. Lack of demand is a good reason not to do something and is logical if not regrettably justifiable in the face of more productive ways to obtain commercial photo-like images. One only need to look back at the work of Albert Kahn to see that color photography is not at all new, and realize, that with effort, even black and white processes can be adapted to color, when we need it. If we need it. One thing that amuses me most about the Kahn color photographs is how similar they seem to our much more modern fujinegs, even to the borders, or rebate areas, irregular and somehow charming as they take us deep into the past.

You would think that E6 film would be gobbled up at this news, but there is plenty on ebay and on Amazon, and Fuji, for now, still does produce color slide film. If you need some 4x5 color slide film for not much money, look into Kodak Readyloads, still plenty of those available, and a handy way to do three or four shots with that field camera.

Link to the early Capstaff 2 color Kodachromes here. 

embedded here

 Chris H. has left a new comment on your post "Early color transparencies at the George Eastman H...":

Found some more stuff of interest. This blog is apparently by Capstaff's grandson! Seriously, I didnt' expect to find that...

This portrait of Mrs. Capstaff reveals the dye colors (in the scratches). Examples we saw actually looked much better than this, in terms of color rendition.

Another still life.

And finally, the holy grail... GEH's IMAGE, Vol. 30, No. 1, September 1987

I will try to put together a more concise article on this at some point, as per your suggestion Bob.

Hmm, there's probably actually some money in nanolithography. Maybe I should dive in there. haha...

p.s. Sorry for the long links.