The latest posts from our bloggers.
Nancy Breslin on alternative photographic methods being called conventional.
Peter J. Blackburn on why, whilst it’s important to gather inspiration, you should find your own voice – like Da Vinci.
Nancy Breslin reports from the annual Society for Photographic Education conference in Philadelphia.
Peter J. Blackburn on why you should not use old materials.
Nancy Breslin is inspired by the Stieglitz’s photographer Gertrude Kasebier.
About a year and a half ago some Polaroid fans leased a closed instant film plant in Enschede (Netherlands), after Polaroid had first announced bankruptcy and then stopped making their much loved products. Named “The Impossible Project,” this group had the seemingly quixotic goal of reformulating and manufacturing instant film.
“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Like Monet, Peter J. Blackburn is inspired by color.
Recently the New York Times ran an article titled “For Photographers, the Image of a Shrinking Path” In a nutshell, the writer said that the combination of smarter, less expensive digital cameras, photosharing sites such as flickr, and fewer magazine pages have resulted in a very tough market for commercial photographers.
It’s raining outside. In the past, rainy days used to irk me. After all, a dichromate printer who relies upon the sun as the sole UV source for printing demands cloud-free days. No sun, no prints.
Pinhole photography may or may not fit into the general category of “alternative photography,” depending on how the latter is defined, but for me pinhole shares the creativity, uniqueness, and unpredictable nature of many alt processes.
Peter J. Blackburn on why the brief moment of a flower is difficult to capture in a photograph.
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day was about 2 weeks ago, and Nancy Breslin contributed to the gallery, she was the 3002nd person to do so, and more followed.
“Too dark, use flash.” Now there’s a photographic phrase which has become a favorite of mine over the years for regular everyday use… by Peter J. Blackburn
Nancy Breslin spent a day this week visiting photo exhibits in Chelsea (NYC).
Peter J. Blackburn on: Speaking of flashes expelling the darkness and suggesting two convenient opportunities for getting those questions answered and issues resolved while connecting with fellow artists along the way.
In theory alternative photography is “low tech,” although one thing I like about it is the fluidity between high and low. I might shoot on film with a plastic camera, then scan the negative so I can create an enlarged digital negative, then print in gum over cyanotype. Whatever works…
Alternative printers, especially those working in platinum/palladium, living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area can view some spectacular work by photographer, Michael Massaia.
I just got back from a trip to Los Angeles. We spent some time seeing friends and shopping (my 18 year old daughter was with us), taking pictures (I shot 6 rolls each with my Zero 2000 pinhole camera and my Diana+), but also managed to see some art.
Elizabeth Graves reviews the first edition of The Impossible Project’s experimental color film, Color Shade First Flush and finds the aged prints resemble color photographs of earlier eras.
Nancy Breslin goes to the Phillips Collection to see “TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845–1945”.
Peter J. Blackburn reflects on the darkroom work he has done over the years and how a manual opened his world to alt. proc.
Nancy Breslin’s take on Patti Smith’s memoir “Just Kids” and her time with Robert Mapplethorpe.
Peter J. Blackburn asks: Why are the academics are removing the darkrooms from education and replacing them with digital technology?
Nancy Breslin continues Peter J. Blackburn’s discussion on the disappearance of the traditional darkroom.
Peter J. Blackburn begins a dramatic and autobiographical trilogy telling the tale of how the casein process came to his rescue!
Nancy Breslin reports from the AIPAD shows where she found more than a few gems.
The plot thickens as Peter J. Blackburn continues his dramatic trilogy describing how casein became his superhero to the rescue!
Nancy Breslin reports from Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2011.
Peter J. Blackburn writes the conclusion to an autobiographical trilogy telling the tale of how he became acquainted with the casein process.
Some concluding thoughts from Peter J. Blackburn on casein printing and a couple of prints, too!
Nancy Breslin goes to Ireland and London and finds pinholes in the gallery shop rather than on the exhibition wall.
Peter J. Blackburn tries to figure out why we make images. Please leave your answer at the end of the article!
Peter J. Blackburn discusses the ongoing personal challenges some artists experience throughout the course of their career. This essay is part two of a continuing series. Your responses are appreciated!
Nancy Breslin enjoys teaching the cyanotype process, taking a step back from the “easy” digital photos.
Peter J. Blackburn discusses the concept of sincerity in our work especially as it relates to modern technology.
Join the discussion with Peter J. Blackburn as he chews on the bone of criticism!
Nancy Breslin is teaching alternative photographic processes at the Uni. Here we can follow her five week course.
Nancy Breslin is teaching alternative photographic processes at the Uni. Here we can follow her five week course. Week two is a bit smoother than week one.
Nancy Breslin is teaching alternative photographic processes at the Uni. Here we can follow her five week course. Week three had students working with Holgas, cyanotypes and vandyke browns.
A Prolegomenon for Gum Printers and Other Visual Alchemists: Last Call for Radicals, Rebels, and Revolutionaries
Peter J. Blackburn reveals that stimulating nine letter word for art and offers a frank discussion as to the implications it evokes.
Nancy Breslin is teaching alternative photographic processes at the Uni. Here we can follow her five week course. Week four and the finishing line is approaching.
Nancy Breslin is teaching alternative photographic processes at the Uni. Here we can follow her five week course. Week five and the course is finished.
Thoughts from Elizabeth Graves on why new digital imaging technology is often used to imitate the appearance of old, chemical photography.
Join the discussion as Peter wraps up the series by fighting a border skirmish. Better wear a helmet.
Peter J. Blackburn draws the shade with a few closing remarks and extends a personal invitation to you.
Nancy Breslin visits Francesca Woodman’s exhibition and discovers diazotypes.
If you have a pinhole camera, or have been itching to use one, this is a great excuse to take part in pinhole day 2012.
Nancy Breslin chases down some pinhole photography in Canada and finds some related to the War of 1812.
Peter J. Blackburn invites you to come and eavesdrop on a short conversation reflecting a sad state of affairs in art academia.
Nancy Breslin reports that some vintage “alt photo” prints are on view in the mid-Atlantic US this spring.