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Sack UV Unit

Posted by on 02 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

We found a real bargain, a used UV exposure unit, or a “copying system for the graphic art industry”, as it is stated on the user manual cover. It’s a Sack LCX3, German made, equipped with a vacuum frame, 5000W metal halide lamp, and microprocessor technology from 1980s…

Luckily a user manual (dated December 1994) came with the unit, otherwise it would have been next to impossible to figure out how to operate it, I suspect.

Sack LCX3 copying system for the graphic arts industry.

It is a programmable unit, and really handy actually, because you can build exposure programs into 99 channels, to be used for different materials. We already made basic programs for cyanotype, vandyke, gum, and polymer gravure. We’re going to try and fine-tune these with students in the coming weeks…

Although the computer technology dates back from 1980s, it helps a lot in building exposure programs for different materials.

The European Tour

Posted by on 17 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

The Project Vedos crew (that is Pirkko and Jalo ūüėČ ) was taveling in Europe for almost two weeks, hoping to visit some museums/collections of alternative photography. Here we have some pictures from that tour via Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, and Holland.

Lausanne, Switzerland

In Lausanne we visited Mus√©e de l’Elys√©e, on an attractive site near the Lake Geneva. Links to their exhibitions at the time of our visit:

    La collection s’expose
    Lasting impressions

Mus√©e de l’Elys√©e, from the lake side.

The entrance to the Mus√©e de l’Elys√©e.

Vevey, Switzerland

We happened to be in Vevey on a day of rain and thunder, in late February, but generally speaking the weather was warm and springlike, due to the gentle föhn wind prevailing.

The Swiss Camera Museum by Grande Place, Vevey.

The Swiss Camera Museum (Musee Suisse de l’Appareil Photographique) is a fantastic little museum, with a great collection of cameras, photographic equipment, and photographs made with different techniques.

The entrance to the Camera Museum, Vevey.

Chalon-sur-Sa√īne, France

Mus√©e Nic√©phore Ni√©pce is set on a riverbank in Chalon-sur-Sa√īne, province of Burgundy, France. The museum is totally dedicated to photography, its history, its practice and uses.

Nic√©phore Ni√©pce has got a statue as the inventor of photography in the town of Chalon-sur-Sa√īne.

A large photograph on canvas, by the Finnish photographer Elina Brotherus, at the Nicéphore Niépce museum.

Cologne and Essen, Germany

In Cologne there are a few interesting places for those wishing to explore vintage photography and photographic prints. During our stay there we visited Rheinisches Bildarchiv, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, and Museum Ludwig.

At the Museum Ludwig there was a new gallery for photography – Masterpieces from the Photographic Collection. We saw some interesting images there, like salted paper portraits from calotype negatives by Hill & Adamson, from 1843-47, and bromoil and oil prints by Hugo Erfurth

The Museum Ludwig, near the Cologne Cathedral.

The Museum Folkwang in Essen had just moved to a brand new building (we didn’t very much like its architecture, btw). Except for being one of the most important museums of modern art in Germany, they have a very nice collection of photography and alternative processes. Parts of their collection can be viewed online too…

The Museum Folkwang, Essen.

Brussels, Belgium

We also visited shortly Roger Kockaert‘s Atelier pH7 in Brussels… what a gracious place for fine art photographic printing and alternative processes…

Roger Kockaert, artist and alt-photo printmaker.

Amsterdam and The Hague, Holland

In Amsterdam we went to see the exhibitions of the FOAM (Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam) — not any alt-photo prints there, however, but an extensive show of Alexander Rodchenko‘s work…

At the end of the journey we had a visit to the Hague Museum of Photography, and had a chance to see a very nice special collection from the University of Leiden. The university has both the oldest and the largest museum photography collection in the country, telling the whole story of the emergence and development of photography. Some interesting work there, such as Harm Botman‘s large gum prints, Onnes Kurkdjian‘s collodion POP, and photogravures by Edward Curtis and Edward Steichen, carbon prints by Jacob Merkelbach, Berend Zweers and Franz Ziegler

The Hague Museum of Photofraphy.


Posted by on 16 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

A view through my workroom window.

It’s been awhile since my last posting here… a long and cold winter going on up here, no natural UV light available for alt-printing. But I’ll be back soon with wet plate tests – almost ready to go with the process now. Had some difficulties finding red transparent plexi glass, but now I have ordered some, and will try to glue together a silver bath tank from pieces.

Prints in London

Posted by on 30 Oct 2009 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

The project Vedos had a visit to London and became acquainted with a great exhibition “Hand-made photographs in the digital age – Six artists working with historical pigment print processes”. The exhibition can be seen at Clifford-Thames Gallery until the 15th of November. The online version of the exhibition can be viewed on the Alternative Photography website.

General view from the exhibition space.

Geoff Chaplin, the gallerist and artist who also has fine work in the exhibition.

While in London we also enjoyed services of the Victoria and Albert Museum and went to see some chosen original prints. In the Prints and Drawings Study Room you may order works to be seen, and the staff will then retrieve the material for you. In our viewing list there were mainly historical works from artists like Anna Atkins, Hill and Adamson, J. M. Cameron, Benjamin Turner, P.H. Emerson, and Frederick Evans, among others.

Benjamin Turner‘s Cottage, Bredicot Common, Worcestershire, is being examined. It is an albumen print from a calotype negative, from 1852-1854.

Hedgerow Trees, Clerkenleap, Worcestershire by Benjamin Turner, 1852-1854.

Pirkko is studying a photo-etching by Bowling / Hemminghaus.

Comparing Notes

Posted by on 30 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

It has happened a lot in inkjet technique and digital negative printing since we started a few years ago, and it might be time to compare notes from different developers of digital negative printing. We are trying to find negative printing methods for students and artists who are not necessarily photographers. The methods should be consistent and simple enough – however offering accuracy and possibility to calibrate one’s system for different alternative printing processes.

This goal in mind, we are currently proceeding to create our own system that would work for us. At the moment it looks like it will be based on a method where Photoshop curves are not used (such as introduced by Mike Ware), combined to Roy Harrington‘s Quad Tone RIP (QTR), which is actually an alternative inkjet printer driver software, to be used in place of Epson printer driver. With QTR it is possible to adjust each ink’s output separately, so that ink densities will better match the tone range of the emulsion to be exposed.

Another alternative process I am presently working on is the wet plate collodion process, originating from the mid-nineteenth century. You know, I was really knocked out by some wet plate works in Santa Fe last summer… let’s see if I can find the materials needed here in Finland…

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