The Light Farm

Dedicated to the Renaissance of Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions
An Evolving Body of Knowledge
Curated by Denise Ross
Jason Lane
Pictoriographica Dry Plates
January 14, 2018

Box of Plates
Pictoriographica Dry Plates

Gone Walkabout

TLF, Volume 2
P.O.P., p.2 — Basics Plus
February 9, 2017

Attitude Girl
P.O.P., p.2 — Basics Plus

TLF, Volume 2
P.O.P., p.1 — The Basics
January 19, 2017

P.O.P., p.1 — The Basics

TLF, Volume 2
Paper Negatives
January 11, 2017

Hi All.  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  If the current political environment has been as hard on your mental health as it has mine, I especially hope that you're finding some measure of peace and creativity.  Art is now, as it has been throughout history, a snug harbor that allows both escape from and challenge to the greater world.  Enough said.

I've started the New Year in earnest, finally getting to a re-org and update of the website.  I've decided to roll this together with Volume II of the TLF series — Beyond Basics.  Rather than a physical book at this time, it will be web-based.  I hope to finish by summer but in the meantime the website organization will be a mess and constantly changing.  Please bear with the process.   Now, on to "Paper Negatives."

Paper Negatives

Kit Funderbuck's new book
December 4, 2016

Kit Funderburk was one of the original contributors to The Light Farm.  A retired Kodak paper engineer, in 2006 and 2007 Kit wrote two short books mostly as a memento for past employees when the last of the Kodak paper mills were shut down and dismantled in 2005.  He was well ahead of his time in recognizing that an invaluable piece of photographic history was in danger of memory extinction.  History of the Paper Mills at Kodak Park and A Guide to the Surface Characteristics, Kodak Fiber Based Black and White Papers have been treasured members of my library for almost ten years. 

As we all know now, chemical photography with its rich and deep history has vanished faster than most of us foresaw.  Capturing that history has become ever more imperative.  Recognizing this, Kit has written a second edition book combining, and expanding on, his first two books.  It is available to read on TLF.  I can't recommend it highly enough.  So much of what we think of as "classic" B&W prints is wrapped up in the surface characteristics of the base paper.  Knowledge of history is important not only for its own sake but also because it informs our present art. 

Thank you, Kit!  (Again.)

A Guide to the Surface Characteristics: Kodak Fiber Base Black-and-White Papers

EU Source for Emulsion Chemistry!
December 4, 2016

Excellent news for emulsion makers in the EU.  Radoslaw Brzozowski, historian and teacher of traditional photographic processes at Szlachetna Fotografia in Gdynia, Poland, has been instrumental in establishing a go-to store for chemistry, materials, and instruction.

You can contact Radoslaw on his Facebook page and on the group he established there:
"Silver gelatin dryplate."

Alternative Photographic Supplies

October 17, 2016

For your reading enjoyment:

The Photography of Colored Objects
by Eastman Kodak Company, 1932

The Clan of the Velveteen Rabbit
October 14, 2016

Finally — The Crosby Serpent in Living Color (!)

A Diary
July 22, 2016

Autochrome Update

September 14, 2015

Read More

August 31, 2015

The book is finished!

It's hard to believe that my last posting was last October. It was a few days before Halloween and then it was Thanksgiving and then Christmas. On January 1, I started writing a book on emulsion making. I fully expected it was going to be done by spring. Let's just say I underestimated! But, it is finished and give or take printing time, it will be ready in a week or two. I'll have more about it then.

But now, I could not be more pleased to present the work of a new contributor — Pierre Van de Vliert. Pierre is a dry plate artist. I can do no better than let him take it from here. Welcome, Pierre!

August 31, 2015

I Make Photographs — Pierre Van de Vliert

About a year ago I had realized that photography no longer gave me the satisfaction it used to give.  Read More

October 26, 2014

Yashica-44 and 127 format film

There will be a new chapter on cameras in the 2nd edition. This is the first installment.  The Yashica-44 is a great, fun little camera.  More Here >

TLF, Volume 2
October 22, 2014

Dry Plate, p.2 — More Possibilities

This is a contact print of the same 4"x5" plate on paper emulsion-coated 'Yupo' synthetic watercolor paper. Yupo is wonderful stuff and I highly recommend a tablet of it in your "toolbox". Continued >

TLF, Volume 2
October 19, 2014

Dry Plate, p.1 — Possibilities

Dry Plate Photography is simply photography. The 'plate' part, of course, is the glass plate emulsion support but the 'dry' part can be confusing if you aren't up on the minutia of the history of photography. Continued >

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