Dev Party – And Then There Was Alan

On this episode of Dev Party we’ve got a guest! It’s Alan Marx (@alanbeingalan on IG)! He joins us in “The Futures” because Vania developed a roll of film that he shot.

That was a roll of expired Fuji Neopan 1600 that he shot with a Pentax K1000. Vania developed the roll in PMK 1+2+100; 12 mins. And here are two shots from it:

Meanwhile, Eric shot with a new old 270mm brass lens on Fomapan 100. He devved in FA-1027. Here they are:

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Don’t Hassle Me, I’m Local (w/ Charlie Camuglia and Sara Murphy) – Episode 60

On this unique little episode, we’ve found ourselves a couple of new correspondents – Sara Murphy and Charlie Chux Camuglia! We’ll also be talking about  W.E.B. Du Bois and hundreds of photos of black Americans which he presented at the 1900 Paris Expo. And as usual, there’s the answering machine question, a couple of zine reviews, and a discussion on a recently-published controversial article about women in the film community.

First, the article in question can be found here: https://kosmofoto.com/2022/04/she-shoots-film-who-cares-a-female-photographers-perspective

Sara Murphy and Charlie Chux Camuglia

You might remember Charlie (@casualscience on IG) from Themselves Press from Episode 41 – Mugshots and Memorials. Either way, they’re back with Sara Murphy (@thefutureofwhat on IG). And why are we interviewing them together? Because they’re the newest members of All Through a Lens!

Every other episode or so Charlie and Sara, The Film Detectives will investigate all the film photography related mysteries, quandaries, and even some drama!

But for now they’re here to hang out and chit the chat with us!

For a quick intro, here’s some of Sara’s work:

And here are some from Charlie:

W.E.B. Du Bois and Black Photography at the 1900 Paris Expo

W.E.B. De Bois is remembered as a civil rights leader, a historian, a sociologist, and one of the founders of the NAACP. But he also amassed one of the largest collections of photographs of black middle class families to present to the world at the 1900 Paris Exposition. 

He presented two sorts of photos to fair goers. First, were the portraits of middle class black people. Here are a few examples:

He also shared various “slice of life” photos:

We also mentioned some of the charts that his university students made:

Zine Reviews

Monochrome Mania, Issue 7 by Mark O’Brien – $12, fullsize, color – https://www.etsy.com/shop/mfophotos

The View from the Driver’s Seat by Jaya Bhat – $10, halfsize, bw – https://jayabhat.bigcartel.com/product/view-from-the-drivers-seat

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Dev Party – Stop or I Shall Say Stop Again!

On this episode of Dev Party, we’re hearing from a tired and sickly Vania, while Eric contemplates stop baths. There’s also some more talk about non-photography stuff we keep in our camera bags (guess which one of us carries nothing extra!).

Vania developed a roll of Ilford SFX in HC-110, and here are a few of her pics:

Eric developed expired Kodak TMax 100 in FA-1027, and here are a few of his:

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Ready for a Picnic: Solo Camping and Photography (with Liz Potter)

We’ve got a fairly unique show for you today. We’ll be talking with Liz Potter (@lizpotterphotography on IG) – not about Polaroid lifts, but about the photos she takes while camping solo. Along with that, we’ll look into how photographers camped out in the old days, and how their experiences compare to our own. We’ll also have some zine reviews, the answering machine, and some stuff on something called tin types.

Liz Potter

Web: https://www.lizpotterphotography.com/

IG: @lizpotterphotography

The hope of camping out that comes over one in early spring, the laying of plans and arranging of details is, I sometimes think, even more enjoyable than reality itself. As there is pleasure in this, let me advise you to give a practical turn to your anticipations.

– John M. Gould, How to Camp Out, 1877

If there’s one person we could talk to about solo camping and photography, it would be Liz Potter. Her beautiful panoramic photos and self portraits show her fearless devotion to solo desert camping.

In this episode, we all talk about our experiences camping and shooting all on our lonesome. We each have different styles and goals, but we each have a lot of common ground to nod over.

Here are some:

William Henry Jackson

While we muse and laugh about solo camping, from time to time, Eric reads from an unpublished diary by 1800s photographer William Henry Jackson, who wrote extensively about his life as a camping large format photographer.

Hull and I carried two cameras. The first was a standard 8 x 10. The other was a stereo: with a pair of brass-barreled Willard lenses, it looked like a young cannon. Then, besides the bulky plates, we had a mass of collodions, silver baths and developers. We may have looked as if we were ready for a picnic – but it wasn’t one.

The diary in question comes from the summer of 1869. It’s available here.

And if you’re a Patreon subscriber, you can listen to Eric read the whole damn thing.

While his work is fairly available, most of what he shot during this period is not. Here is what we could find:

Zine Reviews

Offseason #1 by Ralph Brandi: https://www.etsy.com/shop/offseasonzine $8 shipped in the US

Lost Coast Land by Robert: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1182052057/lost-coastland

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Dev Party – Dry Plates All Wet

On this episode of Dev Party, Eric and Vania develop dry plates! That’s right! Photographic emulsion on glass! How does that work? Basically like film – with a catch.

Vania shot Zebra Dry Plates and developed in HC-110. Here’s one:

And Eric developed a J. Lane Dry Plate, but effed up the exposure and got nothing. However, the following day he tried again (and took a backup shot on Fomapan!). First the dry plate, and then the Foma. Both were 60 second exposures at around f/12.

Here’s a list of links you might need to get started:

Plates:

J. Lane 4×5 2ISO – https://www.pictoriographica.com/store/p9/J_Lane_Dry_Plates_-_ASA_2.html

J. Lane 4×5 25ISO – https://www.pictoriographica.com/store/p11/www.pictoriographica.com/store/p11/J_Lane_Speed_Plates_-_ASA_25.html.html

Zebra 4×5 Dry Plates – https://www.etsy.com/listing/832159911/zebra-4×5-dry-plates-10-hand-coated

Plate Holders:

Zebra Dry Plate Holder – https://www.etsy.com/listing/1013918529/zebra-4×5-dual-glass-dry-plate-holder

ChromaGraphica Dry Plate Holder – https://www.freestylephoto.biz/185450-ChromaGraphica-Double-Dry-Plate-Holder-4×5

Developing Tank:

Stearman Press Tank (for all 4×5 sheets) – https://shop.stearmanpress.com/products/rev-4-sp-445-compact-4×5-film-processing-system

Plate Holders for the Stearman Press Tank – https://shop.stearmanpress.com/collections/photography/products/4×5-plate-holders-pair

Hardening Fixer – https://www.freestylephoto.biz/731712-LegacyPro-BandW-Powder-Hardening-Fixer-to-Make-1-Gallon

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A Little Beauty in Everything: Imogen Cunningham; (w/ Serbest Salih from Sirkhane Darkroom)

On this episode we are talking to Serbest Salih of the Sirkhane Mobile Darkroom along the Turkey Syrian border. We’ll also be presenting the second part of our story on Imogen Cunningham. Before that, there’s a couple of photographically-related songs that we’d like to tell you about. There’s also the answering machine, zine reviews and quite a bit more.

 

Serbest Salih from Sirkhane Darkroom

Serbest Salih is a film photographer living in Mardin, Turkey. He runs the Sirkhane darkroom – a mobile darkroom project servicing refugee and local children on the Turkish and Syrian border. The mobile darkroom also a branch in Iraq.

Here are all the links you need to help:

IG: @sirkhanedarkroom

Web: https://heryerdesanat.org/darkroom

Buy their book: I Saw the Air Fly: https://www.mackbooks.us/products/i-saw-the-air-fly-br-sirkhane-darkroom

Serbest Salih’s IG: @servestsalih_

Here are some of the images from I Saw the Air Fly:

And here are some recent images from the Sirkhane Darkroom IG feed:

Imogen Cunningham, Part 2

We’re back to conclude our Imogen feature. When last we left Imogene Cunningham, she had just divorced Roi and was about to photograph the Unemployed Exchange Association sawmill with Dorothea Lange! It was 1934, the Great Depression was in full swing, and Imogene was ready to begin the rest of her life.

Imogen on Carson: https://www.sfmoma.org/watch/imogen-cunningham-on-the-tonight-show-with-johnny-carson/

Portrait of Imogen (Imogen discussing many of her photos – this is the film they played at the Imogen Cunningham Exhibit): https://archive.org/details/SCV23

Imogen Cunningham, A Portrait by John Korty: https://archive.org/details/imogencunninghamphotographer

Here are most of the photos we referenced in the episode:

Songs About Photography

We also looked at two songs that had something to do with photography.

Eric chose Guy Clark’s “My Favorite Picture of You”

Vania chose Spoon’s “Turn My Camera On”

Zine Reviews

Eric reviewed Sidewalks by Garon Kiesel @grain_or_die

as well as the new monthly offering from Themselves Press!

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Dev Party – Stand and the Basics

We’re taking it back to the basics! Have you never devved before? Have you devved a long time ago and want a refresher? This might be the episode for you!

Both Eric and Vania devved in Rodinal. Vania took the easy way out and did a 60min semi-stand with a mix of 1+100. Here are her results using Kodak Double X:

In the meantime, Eric developed two sheets of Fomapan 100 in 1+50 for 8.5 mins. He was testing a new-to-him lens in the process. Here are the results:

Finally, as promised, here’s Eric’s collection of 120 (and others) boxes:

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Dishpan and Darkroom: Imogene Cunningham (w/ Courtney Coles)

On today’s show we’ll be talking to photographer Courtney Coles (@kernieflakes) about her warm and quiet photos. We’ll also discuss the various photographic incarnations of Imogen Cunningham. Vania’s recently taken some cinematic inspiration – there’s the answering machine, zine reviews, and so much more!

Courtney Coles

Courtney Coles is a photographer, writer and professor, born and raised in Los Angeles. Her work centers on the idea of home, even when she’s away from it. Her eye for finding the beautiful and important among the everyday and ordinary is inspiring. She has agreed to tell us all about it, so let’s give Courtney a call.

IG: @kernieflakes

Twitter: @kernieflakes

Web: courtneycoles.com

Imogen Cunningham (Part One)

Imogene Cunningham photographed for nearly 75 years. Throughout her long career, she allowed herself to be influenced by the friends she made throughout the photography community. There isn’t really a single thread running through her work that you could look at and think “this is what makes this photo a Cunningham,” and yet she was not without her own style and philosophy – though both changed throughout the years. 

In one way, she was a sponge, soaking up all of the inspiration she could find. And in another, she was a scavenger, feasting on the work of others before her, but doing almost everything they did better. She was a photographic anarchist, holding herself to no stringent set of rules, while playing within and around tradition, rulesets, good taste and expectations.

And that’s where it gets interesting.

Here is some of her work which we discuss in this episode:

Zine Reviews

The Elements & Principles of Visual Analysis by Graham Parsons

Better Off No. 4: Paulo Buencamino

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Dev Party – Don’t Talk To Me Before I’ve Had My Caffenol!

Let’s do something Eric never wanted to do! He never wanted to mess with caffenol, not even a little bit. But after a few life-changing events, he’s seen the error of his ways and here we are. Caffenol. Basically.

Eric and Vania both developed using roughly the same caffenol recipe, which is here:

For 500ml:

Instant Coffee: 20g or 5T

Vitamin C: 8g or 2t

Sodium Carbonate: 27g or 2T

Potassium Bromide: 1g (or 2.5t of salt – Vania used salt)

Mix everything together in 300ml of hot (100F-ish) water, and then add cold water to bring it to a working temp of 68F.

Eric developed Fomapan 100 for 12mins, and here are his results:

Vania devved Ilford Pan F+ for 9mins, and here are her results:

We mentioned Brandy B’s 365 project, and you can find that here: @that365life

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Kodak Girls and a Photographic Revolution (w/ Angel O’Brien)

On this episode, we talk to Angel O’brien, @5x7angel on IG, about her strange and beautiful self-portrait and collage work. We’ll also be taking a long look at how Kodak advertised to women over a century ago – did they start a revolution or were they just along for the ride? Want a bit of advice? Well, Vania’s on call for that; we’ve got the answering machine, zine reviews, some recommendations, and a whole slew of fun!

 

Angel O’Brien: 5×7 Angel

When we first saw Angel O’Brien’s work, we really didn’t know what to do with it. What were we looking at? It’s a collage, but built around her self-portraits. And those self-portraits aren’t really part of a logical reality. They’re shifted and distorted, discolored and bent – but it all seems to be coming from a very centered place.

Here is some of her work:

IG: @5x7angel

IG @5x7angel_thebuiltworld

IG: @angelobrien.poet

web: https://www.5x7angel.com/

Kodak Girls

For women, this began to change in the 1870s. The suffragette movement had won for women the sense that men were more in the way than essential (though it had still not procured their right to vote). With the expansion of cities, the job market grew. And with more jobs than men to fill those jobs, women filled the positions. There were still gender norms, of course, but they were changing.

What women could and couldn’t do in society was shifting. Women were becoming independent. The new generation, especially those born following the Civil War in the 1860s, felt little need for the Victorian ways of their parents and grandparents.

They came of age and into their 20s just as photography was about to make a dramatic shift from the stunningly complex to simple. And it was gender norms that would actually carve out a large share of this new photography for women.

Here’s a sampling of Kodak’s Kodak Girl ads:

Zine Reviews

My Eye by David Fry – @frymanbandgb

Memento Mori – Nunhead Cemetery by George GriffinEtsy

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