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Kickstarter: The ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder

Kickstarter: The ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder

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A new Kickstarter has just gone live for large format photographers who wish to use the dry plate process, born from a collaboration between Jason Lane of Pictoriographica and Steve Lloyd of Chroma Camera:

The ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder

I'll let the makers of the campaign explain it:

The idea for the ChromaGraphica dry plate holder was born out of a desire to make the dry plate process more accessible to the large format community.  
Gelatin dry plate photography is an analog black and white photographic process which dates from the 1870s when silver halide photographic emulsion was hand-poured onto glass plates and allowed to dry prior to use as a negative.  The development of dry plate negatives made photography more convenient than the wet plate process of the mid-1800s, which required the negative (or positive image) to be exposed and developed onsite.  Due to the greater convenience of flexible film, dry plate photography faded out of common use by the 1930s.  For the past several decades, shooting dry plates has meant making them yourself.  In 2017, I established Pictoriographica and began making and selling my own hand-made dry plates to photographers around the world.

Glen E. Friedman Talks to Fugazi's Guy Picciotto about "Keep Your Eyes Open"

This video is a conversation between photographer Glen E. Friedman and Guy Piccioto of Fugazi, at an event celebrating the newly released second edition of Friedman's book of Fugazi photographs, "Keep Your Eyes Open."

You can buy the 2nd edition of "Keep Your eyes Open" here:

Growing up, I became a huge fan of the band Fugazi. Being "Ian Mackaye's band AFTER Minor Threat," I knew I had to check them out. I dutifully bought each record one by one, as funds allowed. Back then, in the mid-90s I was buying vinyl, for a couple of reasons. The first: it was cool! I can't say I was an audiophile because I had the crappiest old turntable I could afford that I bought used at a record store along with the cheapest little speakers. The second reason: it was a time when CDs ruled the world as the choice medium of music delivery technology, and vinyl was CHEAPER!

The best punk and hardcore records, and pretty much anything else, could be found in the dusty vinyl bins of places like Rasputin and Tower Records for just a few bucks a pop. Rarely did I pay more than $5.00 for a record.

Fugazi even became a huge influence on my own band(s) that I would form with my friends.

And then there were the photographs. Guy Picciotto doing impossible-looking flips, Ian Mackaye with his Gibson SG, yelling into the microphone, all captured and frozen in time by Glen E. Friedman's lens and sharp eye.

In 2007, Friedman released "Keep Your Eyes Open," a  collection of photographs he made of Fugazi from the beginning of the band, all through to their last show on US soil, with so many shots of on-stage performances and off-stage, in-between moments of the band's life.

The book had since gone out of print. But, in July of 2019, under a new publisher, it was newly re-released with new photos and a new interview with Ian Mackaye. Upon the books new release, Friedman and Picciotto participated in an interview at Rough Trade Brooklyn, which is presented in the video above. To say that the interview is special to me is an understatement...but to make things a little more special, Friedman is wearing a ShootFilmCo shirt! My head may have exploded a little.

A DIY Modern Darkroom Timer and Enlarger Light with WiFi!

A DIY Modern Darkroom Timer and Enlarger Light with WiFi!

A great thing about the film "resurgence" is seeing people with passion and skill putting their knowledge to work solving existing problems with modern technology. Lilly Schwartz did just that with a Do-it-yourself WiFi Arduino-based darkroom timer.

Check out Lilly's video here:

Keep up with Lilly on Twitter


As Seen on eBay: Clear Olympus Infinity Stylus / MJU 1

As Seen on eBay: Clear Olympus Infinity Stylus / MJU 1

Sure, point and shoots are popular. Compact prime lens models such as the Olympus Infinity Stylus and Stylus Epic, known as the "MJU" and "MJU II" in markets outside of the USA, have enjoyed a big boost in popularity with the recent resurgence in film photography for reasons such as their image quality, pocketability, but also many other intangible reasons like sightings of celebrities using similar compacts.

Prices have skyrocketed with demand for these once-discarded cameras. Sure, sure, we all know YOU found for for $2--congratulations--but for most regular folk looking for such models, eBay is the place to search.

Sometimes, those searches turn up something truly unique, like this clear Infinity Stylus / MJU, presumably used a tech display model at specialty retailer outlets, showing off the inner guts of the popular camera.

Of course, you can't actually take photos with the camera--because it's clear, the film would be exposed to light as soon as it comes out of it's cassette--so this is a demo model through and through.

The seller is asking for $3000, but is taking offers, so put on your negotiating hat and snag it up!

Original listing here:

The seller has also created a detailed YouTube video about the camera here:

In The Frame: Darnell De Luna

In The Frame: Darnell De Luna

All Photos © Darnell De Luna. Used with permission.

I am from a small town in California named Gilroy. I am currently a full time college student at San Jose State working as a tutor to keep my love for film photography/film in general in my life. I don’t have a certain style of photography but I love doing a mixture of both street and portrait style work. I am currently documenting everything I do in my life and working on a series for it. I am also trying to make a Zine/magazine by the end of 2019.

I think the look of film just gives off that more authentic look that digital couldn’t produce even after the many edits. My friend got me into after seeing his light leak photos and admiring the imperfections of film. You really never know what you’re going to get out of a picture so it makes you really focus and stay attentive to each picture you take. The process as well talking to my film developer each time I get a roll in, he gives me advice on how to handle each work.

I tend to attract to simple work. Pictures that are simple and clean with some sort of fashion mixed in is what I tend to gravitate towards.

The three pictures I am submitting are a mixture of portraits to show the imperfections of film. These are just shots I took of friends in my city. These pictures were done in close up with a fast ISO speed. Since I like fashion work/editorials I like implicating a sense of fashion in mine. As well as keeping it simple and clean. Those are my two main points whenever I shoot film.