FOTOINVENTS

FOTOINVENTS

FOTOINVENTS is a small Spanish manufacture held by Pep Mayugo, devoted to the production of analogue photography accessories and the restauration of old analogue cameras. Fotoinvents manufactures equipment that is especially useful for wet plate photography, such as the plate drying rack that holds up to 12 aluminum or glass plates (up to 3 mm thickness per plate, up to 13 x 18 cm in surface area). The rack is foldable for easy storage and weighs around 100 gram. At the Equinox competition, we’re giving away a total of 8 of these useful accessories for wet plate photographers. Read more…

Plastic Fantastic Show V – Call for Submissions

Plastic Fantastic Show V - Call for Submissions

Deadline for entries – Midnight, Sunday, May 11, 2014

Juror – Susan Burnstine

Entry Guidelines

Entry Form

LightBox is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the fifth annual Plastic Fantastic Show. We wish to stay true to pure film photography using plastic, pinhole, box or homemade cameras. No digital photography will be considered. LightBox appreciates photographic images made with plastic “toy” cameras and established this show to celebrate the gallery’s anniversary every year. Read more…

Revela-T | the only analog photography festival

Revela-T | the only analog photography festival

Revela-T is a photo festival aiming to be a meeting point for lovers of photography and especially for passionates of analogue photography. 

The amount of amateurs and professionals enthusiastic with analog photography grows daily. This is why we think necessary to devote few days and a space to share experiences, knowledge, set up contacts with other people, institutions and companies working in the same direction. We want to encourage fans, especially those who see in these procedures another possibility to explore, without being limited by a single system.

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New55 FILM is a new instant 4×5 film

New55 FILM is a new instant 4x5 film

New55 FILM is a new instant 4×5 film that produces a superb negative, and a positive print too.

As a New55 FILM backer you will be making history.  But you will also be constructing the future of Post-Digital professional darkroomless analog photography.  Here, we — a group of artists (from every continent) — will take up the means of production.  Where large-scale industrial capacity has failed to adapt to the major technological and behavioral shifts from the rise of digital photography, a small-scale factory that is modular, scalable, and humane in its flexibility will begin manufacturing an important and necessary photographic material — New55 FILM.  We now have the opportunity and the responsibility to make it happen.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/bobcrowley/new55-film Read more…

EQUINOX International Wetplate Contest

EQUINOX International Wetplate Contest

EQUINOX
Open from March 20th to September 23rd 2014
INTERNATIONAL WETPLATE CONTEST

http://www.blur-magazine.com/wetplate

For photographers who practice the art of collodion, the most interesting part of the 2014 Wet Plate Year project is the international contest Equinox. The name is derived from the interequinoctial duration of the contest – it will be open between the spring and autumn equinoxes, March 20st to September 21st 2014. The reason for such a long duration is the condition that all photos entered into the competition must be new and unique, created especially for this occasion and never before published. These strict rules are a corollary of the small size of the wet plate community. The members of the jury are likely to already know many of the participants, so originality and novelty is the only way to ensure anonymity of the participants and thus reduce the chances of conflict of interest during the judging process. The interequinoctial period, we hope, will be one of great creativity. Read more…

Igor Vasiliadis Silver Magic

Igor Vasiliadis Silver Magic

Igor Vasiliadis presented in BLUR 20 | WET PLATE section by Robert Gojević

BLUR | Career magazine listed you among the 10 best Russian photographers. Croatia is a small country, and so being among the 10 best here is actually negligible on the global scale. However, having in mind the size and the population of Russia, and a very strong photographic scene there, such acknowledgment has a much more importance. How did this reflect upon your work?

Igor | Due to the fact of some popularity in Russia I shifted to more frequent celebrities shooting. Also these ratings are helpful for my art projects as no one refuses my proposals for making images that I want even if they are close to taboo :) Read more…

Victoria Will: Sundance Tintype Portraits

Victoria Will: Sundance Tintype Portraits

This collection showcases tintype portraits that were all taken at the Sundance Film Festival by photographer Victoria Will. A tintype photograph is a direct positive on a thin sheet of iron, coated with a lacquer or enamel as the photographic emulsion. Tintypes originally were used during the 1860’s to 1870’s. Victoria Will is a contributing photographer for Invision and has covered the Sundance Film Festival for the last four years.

Victoria Will Photos, Tin Type Portraits Read more…

BLUR magazine 35 is now online

BLUR magazine 35 is now online

BLUR magazine 35 is now online

BLUR magazine has decided to make 2014 the WET PLATE year. Apart from my personal interest in Wet Plate, there is another particular reason for this decision. I have been following the wet plate scene for a few years now, and I have done about 20 interviews so far with the wet plate photographers (thanks to Denis and Goga for their help), some of the most famous and most interesting in the world. During that time, I have been gradually collecting the equipment (an ongoing process) in order to join that magical practice—but I have also faced many problems, which in turn influenced my desire to do my best to promote the wet plate scene.

Therefore, besides several special BLUR issues being prepared, I am proud to officially announce EQUINOX, the first international Wet Plate contest and quite possibly the first wet plate contest since the process was invented in 1851. The contest will begin on the first day of spring and will last until the first day of autumn, a period in which the wet plate scene will be the focus of our interest.

On the cover of our first issue in 2014 is the work of a very interesting, creative, and honored artist, Mark Osterman, who is probably a household name for the majority of wet-platers. The reasons for this, and the reason I chose Mark to be a juror in our wet plate contest, will be clear in the series of very interesting interviews to be presented in the Wet Plate section of BLUR this year.

Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief Read more…

Photography Book -Women,portraits and nudes

ABOUT ME and MY BOOK:

After such amazing and adventurous 2 years art journey I finally decided it’s time to turn my photos into unique thing – a beautiful art book. And I need your help to realise the photo book.

My name is Yevgen Romanenko. I am a self-taught professional photographer.

I’m an award winning photographer. I live in Odessa but originally comes from Budapest. My artistic skills developed quite early, since childhood i has been fascinated with fine art. My adventure with photography began at the end of 2010 and in a short time from a hobby developed into a true passion and a professional occupation. I specialize in beauty, fashion, advertising and fine art nudes photography. My eye for capturing authentic human characteristics and expressions is revealed in a unique, painterly style. I’m known for my perfectionism and my photographs are delicate, yet at the same time bright and vivid.

More about my work: www.romanenko.org Read more…

Photo of the month | January 2014 | People’s voice

Photo of the month | January 2014 | People's voice

BLUR 35 Photo of the month by Sander van Laar

Author: Sander van Laar
Country: Netherlands
Web: www.pixellaar.nl
Photo: Steamfun
Issue: BLUR 35

Where: “Steamfun” is made in a little studio in Almere , Netherlands (nearby Veenendaal), by a great friend.
It is my first high fashion shoot for steampunk magazine 2011. I put a smokemachine into his jacket and let the game begin :D. When I watch this picture I always have fun with it because the smoke in his jacket was so hot! Read more…

more than 30.000 followers on our Facebook page!

more than 30.000 followers on our Facebook page!

We’ve been liked by more than 30.000 followers on our Facebook page!

Thank you so much for all your support over the years, especially during 2013 which proved to be one of the most challenging in BLUR’s history. At the start of 2013 we had only 8.000 fans, a buggy server and couldn’t handle the stress of our growing fanbase. A year later we’re stronger than ever, with a whopping 375% yearly growth! The fact that we’ve been able to promote exceptional photographers worldwide to such a fast growing audience without delays, while switching servers and building a new website makes us really proud. We even switched from a quartely to a bi-monthly publication schedule, which means we now have to go through a lot more photographs every month to maintain a quality selection. It’s a lot of work for a small non-profit organization, but you guys make it all worth it. Thanks for putting up with our quirks and the occasional error, thanks for sending us so many letters and e-mails (and sorry if we sometimes don’t reply, we’re working on improving that!) and thanks for spreading the word about the amazing photography we’re discovering every two months. Read more…

Photo of the month | December | Editors’ Choice

Photo of the month | December | Editors’ Choice

BLUR 34 Photo of the month by Felicia Simion

Author: Felicia Simion
Country: Romania
Web: https://www.facebook.com/felicia.simion.photography
Photo: Boundless
Issue: BLUR 34

The photo was taken one year ago somewhere in the Carpathian mountains of Romania. I used a Canon 7D with a 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and the help of two other persons to hold the chair and help with the camera. It was later edited in Photoshop CS3. Read more…

The Polaroid Museum Project

Most museums are founded by a few wealthy donors who believe in an idea and want to make all the decisions. When we set out to design The Polaroid Museum that traditional arrangement didn’t feel true to our brand. We’ve always put cameras in the hands of the people, allowing them to instantly capture and share memories, and so we wanted to crowdsource our founding body, establishing that authentic connection to the people and the social experience. We’ve come to Indiegogo to find our founders.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-polaroid-museum-project

 

http://www.polaroidfotobar.com/

https://www.facebook.com/polaroid.fotobar

FREE GALLERY 2013 | 1 is now online

FREE GALLERY 2013 | 1 is now online

Special FREE issue of BLUR magazine, BLUR gallery 36 | vol. 1 is now online – FREE DOWNLOAD

Dear BLUR magazine fans, supporters, art lovers and photography junkies – friends:

We are wishing you HAPPY NEW YEAR with a little present from our team!

Our special issue, BLUR GALLERY 2013 | vol. 1, brings you a collection of beautiful photos published during 2013 in the section GALLERY 36. This section presents authors from all over the world who send us their best and most interesting photos, regardless of the subject and photo technique. This special issue will become a regular practice, and will remain free.
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Photo of the month | November | People’s voice

Photo of the month | November | People's voice

BLUR 34 Photo of the month by Arina Borodina

Taking with Nikon D700 and 50mm 1.4 all natural light with no reflectors
Where: Santiago Canyon , California
When: August 2013
Who: My friend Harmony Dara / Make up done by Amanda Harris
Edit: I used Photoshop to convert photo to black and white and Curves to achieve particular darkness in photo, used burn tool to darken her make up and couture of her face , and after image was done I added grain on top of the photo to achieve film effect. Read more…

Lightbox-Nude 2014

Lightbox-Nude 2014

LIGHTBOX PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Photographic Nude 2014

February 8 – March 4, 2014
Dedicated to the memory and the creative spirit of Ruth Bernhard
Submission deadline – Midnight Monday January 6, 2014
Juror: Mark Sink

LightBox welcomes submissions for The Photographic Nude 2014. This juried exhibit explores the artistic and creative view of the body and it’s form. This exhibit celebrates the nude in photography by embracing a variety of styles. We welcome the timeless elegance of a classical study, while also encouraging alternative and provocative styles. Studies of the whole or partial human form, nude or semi-nude are eligible. LightBox is pleased to have Mark Sink as juror for this exhibit. Mark is a photographer, curator and teacher, who has made a living from fine art photography since 1978.

Entry Guidelines
Entry Form

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Wetplatewagon

Wetplatewagon

Wetplatewagon | official friend of the BLUR Wet Plate section | is a brand that was created with the intention to assist photographers who chose to delve into the world of early photographic practices, in order to add them to the development of their creative projects.

Thanks to the experience of working with tools and materials related with these techniques, and with the support of professionals who are specialize in this sector, we offer services in the field of old photographic equipments restoration and in the production and marketing of new products designed to meet the demands that require such processes. Read more…

Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman|exhibition

Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman|exhibition

Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman have twenty four prints on exhibit at the Photography Biennial: “Stan Rzeczy/The State of Matters” in Poznan, Poland.

The exhibition includes work by 8 Polish & American artists working with 19th century photographic methods in a 21st century context. Included is work by:

Dan Estabrook
Jesseca Ferguson
Alan Greene
Jarosław Klupś
Paweł Kula
Marek Noniewicz

 

Centrum Kultury Zamek
ul. Św. Marcin 80/82
61-809 Poznań, Poland

The exhibit will run from November 15 to December 15, 2013. Read more…

Jelena Blagović | exhibition

Jelena Blagović | exhibition

Jelena Blagović presented in BLUR 17 | PROEYECT section by Robert Gojević

Jelena Blagović’s photographic exhibition „About her“ was opened on Sunday 1st of December at Photo Gallery LANG in Samobor. The exhibition will close on 22nd of December 2013. Photo gallery LANG working hours are on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00 or by telephone arrangement; TEL: +385 91 7300485

About Her and/or about myself

Jelena Blagović’s photo essay About Her is a continuation of the author’s intimate family archive and personal history which began with photographic series the Family Silver and Before Me. Read more…

BLUR magazine 34 is now online

BLUR magazine 34 is now online

BLUR magazine 34 is now online

Although we are at the end of the year, my thoughts have long been focused on the year 2014. Some might think that this year was easy, but that’s far from the truth. Besides the fact that the team was working hard this whole year on our new website, we have also put in some new content. We’ve increased our pace from quarterly to a bi-monthly release, and the biggest challenge was certainly the launch of our billing system, which required a lot of effort to make work perfectly.

But now that’s all behind us, and I look forward to finding the ideal balance of content that will make us much more than just a platform for downloading our magazine. I say ideal balance because it’s important not to overdo it in anything that might affect the quality of the journal our readers are accustomed to. Therefore, we are carefully working on new ideas that will close the circle by creating a format that should be the foundation of BLUR for the long run. I believe we are on the right track, but I will share the details with you in the year ahead. Let’s see this one out in a holiday spirit .

Happy New Year!

Your BLUR team

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Alexey Alexeev | exhibition

Alexey Alexeev | exhibition

Alexey Alexeev presented in BLUR 26 | WET PLATE section by Robert Gojević

November 29 at 7 p.m. the exhibition House of Birds opens as part of the Art-Geography project in the Lesser Hall at the Russian Geographical Society Headquarters in Saint Petersburg.

House of Birds is a photo project carried out in the Kaliningrad region (formerly Königsberg) in 2013 by three photographers from different Russian cities: Alexey Alexeev, Oleg Zhuravlev (Saint Petersburg) and Ludmila Brilevksaya (Kaliningrad). The exposition displays works produced using alternative manual photograph technologies that apply the same techniques used 150 years ago. Ambrotype, salted paper, Gold Toned Van Dyke Brown made from Wet-Plate Collodion negatives are some of the rarest methods of getting an image nowadays.
This project did not have a particular name at first – the idea to call it House of Birds was brought to the authors by the storks living in the Allenburg church, a Brick Gothic monument established in1405. Read more…

Photo of the month | October | Editors’ Choice

Photo of the month | October | Editors’ Choice

BLUR 33 Photo of the month by Josipa Bjelobrk

The photo “Vizija (vision)” was created in hidden passage in the woods which I passed through for years, gathered visions for years, and one stopped moment enabled me its perpetuation. Girl in the white dress (Nikolina Matičević) is the ruler of that space that connects my imagined and experienced reality. Used Canon 450d camera, with 50mm f/1.4 Canon lens. Read more…

as you like it – an international photo exhibition

as you like it - an international photo exhibition

 

as you like it

an international photo exhibition

featuring guest curators

Farhad Bahram – Nóra Barabás – Isabelle Thibeault-Jolin

 

“as you like it” is the fifth photographic exhibition organised in Abertillery, Wales by the*kickplate*project. For this exhibition, apart from choosing photographs ourselves, we have also asked a group of international artists to select works for us to show in the gallery. Each artist has been given the opportunity to choose photographers and images to present on their own section of wall – our hope is to create 5 single exhibitions that add up to 1 featuring 10 photographers in all. Read more…

Stanko Abadžić: Adriatic Routes – new book

Stanko Abadžić: Adriatic Routes - new book

Stanko Abadžić presented in BLUR 15 | CLOSE UP section by Robert Gojević

www.abadzic.de.vu

But life is not something that the living being carries ‘in and of itself’. It is an inscription of the living being in life-context – in life-time as well as life-space.[1]

Stanko Abadžić is a photographer/geographer. He is also a scenographer of his own cultural geography. His method of authorial search can be described most succinctly in the words of Ola Söderström, who says that geographers of culture are analyzing the interplay between different forms of representation of space, they are always giving voice or muting certain things and actions, giving importance and visibility to certain processes and not to others, and thus contributing to the transformation of the world.[2] Read more…

ONDU pinhole cameras

ONDU pinhole cameras

In the digital age of photography and image processing, there is not much room left for alternative photographing techniques. Some require a lot of time to master yet others are just not very practical and simple to obtain. Many pepople try theese techniques but often gret discouraged at certain point.
After researching and many prototypes and ideas, we felt confident that a long lasting product and simple design can be merged into the ONDU Pinhole camera family. Read more…