Single Issue No. 12

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LG No. 12, 48 pages, single issue. (1 PDF issue).
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Dear Survivors of the digital zombie apocalypse:

After more than a century of steady development in film and paper technology, we are at an unprecedented moment in the brief history of Photography. It is the crossroad of art and mass manufacturing, a desolate intersection where the old rule of supply and demand seems to have been pushed aside. Recently, as if to peel apart and bleach our vulnerable artists’ hearts, Fuji discontinued FP-100C instant film. To date, over twenty thousand people have responded by signing a petition to save pack film. In a defiant act of what is either genius or madness (perhaps both), some photographers are loading Instax Wide film, a single sheet at a time, into their pack cameras. The results look quite promising!

What is unique to this time in history is this: Where the large manufacturers have left a void, smaller startups find opportunity. These successes seem to be a result of meeting a demand, a viral social media, and crowdfunding. Recent entrepreneurial victories include instant film from The Impossible Project, RC-based positive reversal photographic paper from Galaxy, Kickstarter projects such as the Travelwide 4×5 camera (1,026 backers pledged $128,685), injection-molded 4×5 & 8×10 film processing equipment, New55 positive/negative film, and 3D printed pinhole cameras. A campaign to make a new 4×5 processing tank has 984 backers and raised over $69,000. That’s amazing! The 16th Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day just occurred on April 24th. In 2001, there were 291 organized photographers. In 2015, there were 3450 participants in the gallery at www.pinholeday.org.

What does all of this promising activity tell us about the future of analog photography? It’s hard to say. It’s true that we have less choice in materials than 15 years ago and most professional labs have closed. However, traditional materials, new equipment opportunities, and hybrid workflows provide more possibilities than any one person can take advantage of. It’s a brand new world out there, pick your poison and make something that pleases you.

An announcement is in order: We are thrilled to announce that Alan Ross will be a regular contributor to Looking Glass. Ross needs no introduction to the large format community and we are happy to have him. He is both a talented photographer and an innovative darkroom technician. It goes without saying that Ross worked with Ansel Adams for five years and is still the exclusive printer of the Yosemite Special Edition negatives. He is also the author of several e-books and continues to lead workshops in the field as well as the darkroom. Learn more about Alan’s auspicious beginnings in his column, The Way I See It.

Also in this issue: Our featured artists are Linda Connor and Maggie Diaz, their portfolios are simply transforming. Connor’s photographs are like windows into an exotic time-travel adventure that we would love to be a part of. Diaz’s portfolio transports us to mid-century Chicago and conveys the photographer’s intimate engagement with her subjects and the period in which they lived. John Wimberley continues the story of Descending Angel, 1981 in his column, The Silver Bulletin. In One for the Road, Bob Kersey searches the California coast to find his own Hwy 1. Gordon Undy pulls another print from his personal vault for our ongoing series, My Collection. In Nuts & Bolts, our first ‘how-to’ article, Undy will walk us through View Camera 101, where we will refine the technique of “focussing”. Finally, in Ramblings, David Roberts ponders a potent similarity—to experience photography in the same elemental way that we respond to music. LG12 is a big issue! As my late and warmly-esteemed mentor used to tell me, “There’s always room for cello”. Enjoy!

LG No. 12, (48 pages), single issue (1 PDF issue).

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