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19th-century photographic processes re-imagined for the 21st century.
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Experience Art in Print like never before

We love it when old styles collide with new technology. Making that happen in art and photography is what we’re all about. Two new ways to print and showcase your art work—high quality products designed specifically for contemporary photographers and digital artists—are now close to being ready.

New Technology + Old Terminology

These unique analogue look-alikes hearken back to the origins of photography itself.

  • Ambrotype inspired iPrints—printed directly onto glass blocks.
  • Daguerreotype inspired iPrints—printed directly onto mirrors or aluminum plates.
a NEW Ambrotype inspired fine art piece.
a NEW Ambrotype inspired fine art piece.

The Daguerreotype inspired fine art piece

Our Daguerreotype inspired iPrints are embedded on aluminum plates - or on specially coated mirrors, typically used in telescopes. The reflective surface of the mirror creates an iridescent print with the look of genuine 1800s Daguerreotype prints while the sheer metal prints reflect the feel of vintage TinTypes. Our presentation is traditional as well—handmade cases with brass clasps, similar to “union cases” as they were called back in the day.

a NEW Daguerreotype inspired fine art piece
a NEW Daguerreotype inspired fine art piece

Union Cases came in a variety of sizes based on the photographic plates they held inside. These were commonly called Full-Plate, Half-Plate, Quarter-Plate cases and so on. The Union Cases were originally created in an umber of different ways, some included pressing shellac and wood fiber into a steel mold, or, later, by tooling leather.

Our new digital renditions inspired by Daguerreotypes are in a traditional Half-Plate case. This means the image will be printed at 4.25x5.5 inches onto metal or mirror and then inset into the right side of the case. The left side of the case is fully lined with a red velvet cushion, and a thin rib of velvet is also laid around the plate on the right side to hold it in place. The exterior is hand-cast with black resin in an ornate floral design, and fitted with brass clasps. The result is highly durable and incredibly tactile, evoking both the materials and the aesthetic of traditional prints from the 1800s.


The Ambrotype inspired fine art piece

For a different look, the Ambrotype inspired fine art piece offers a sleek, contemporary take on traditional glass-plate photographs. Here we have taken the idea of printing on glass (not plexiglass, acrylic, resin or flimsy window glass) and transformed it into a modern day sculpture. Our glass blocks are 3/4 of an inch thick with sleek, polished edges and a beveled corners. The glass blocks come in 7x7 inch squares, or 6x9 inch rectangles, and are set into hand-crafted walnut wood stands. Each stand consists of two pieces, approx. 3 inches long with beveled edges. The glass block sits in the middle of the wood, cushioned by felt to hold it snuggly in place. Circular plastic pads are attached to the bottom of the wood stands to insure they sit safely and securely on your windowsill, shelf, or desk. The end result is a lush, contemporary stained glass sculpture designed to fully illuminate your work.

Timeless Design: Old Meets New

Working closely with digital artists, we discovered an interesting combination of new technology with an older, more traditional aesthetic. In fact many apps help artists recreate the feel of old analogue processes and cameras. Inspired by the original Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes of the 1800s, we combined new technologies with traditional materials—mirrored surfaces, coated glass and metal.

Not Just For Artists and Professionals-- FOR EVERYONE!

These new ways of presenting digital images are not just for professionals.  Think about it.  Through out the course of our lives, many of us take, and are in, thousands of photos.  Everyone has that ONE IMAGE that is special to them.  That one frozen moment in time, we will cherish and remember forever.  Taking that single image, and turning it into something real, and something special that can be shared for a lifetime is what this project is all about.  So whether you consider yourself a professional photographer, or if you're just someone who likes to snap cool photos on their iPhone, we want you to preserve these special once in a lifetime moments in a one of a kind way.  Here are some other ideas outside of the fine art gallery realm:

  • Wedding Photos
  • Graduation Photos
  • Family Portraits
  • Newborn Baby Portraits
  • Birthday / Holiday Gifts
  • Client Gifts
  • Retirement / Employee Appreciation Gifts

We make 'em like they used to.

Our design is inspired by the original Daguerreotype cases, or "Union Cases" from the 1800's
Our design is inspired by the original Daguerreotype cases, or "Union Cases" from the 1800's

Our co-founder, Daria Polichetti, has a fine art academic background, receiving degrees from The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA Boston).  She has over 15 years of experience working with designers, illustrators, and photographers, printing for artists, galleries, museums and clients including the Walker Evans estate & Yale University, Julie Taymor, Warner Bros. Pictures, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Our passions for older aesthetics and emerging digital techniques inspired this campaign. It is a way for us to create something new and original while paying tribute to the past.

Presentation, Preservation and Uncompromised Quality

There are many ways to print digital art and photography, but printing our way, with high quality materials and craftmanship, will present your work in a unique way and preserve your art for generations. Until now, these techniques have been available mostly for high-tech commercial productions. We’ve adapted them for general use for individual artists and collectors.

In a world where posting has replaced printing—we choose to create treasures that will last for generations….

Our Kickstarter Goal

The goal of every artist is to make something great, and get it seen by as many people as possible. That is our goal, too. We think we have something truly special and unique here, and everyone who has had the opprotunity to see one first hand has agreed.

Kickstarter is a great way for us to test the market and see if there is a high demand for fine art pieces like this.  It also gives the digital art and mobile photography community something to rally around as we move forward.

Our Kickstarter goal of $30,000 will go toward solidifying the production pipeline for these new print products.  The materials and the technology used to produce these pieces are very expensive.  We can lower our costs by purchasing in bulk, and doing larger print runs. The prototypes you see in the photos and videos were created from dozens of tests, trying different printers and working with different vendors. The success of this project will determine how we move forward in terms of which printers we purchase or lease, and which vendors we continue to work with.

Our ultimate goal is to eventually integrate these new products, and finish the iPrints online store and mobile app where people can upload their own images for purchase.  The app will also give professional artists the opprotunity to have their work featured in the gallery, exposing them to a wider audience of art buyers and collectors.

We're excited about these opprotunities, and it all starts here with this project.

All our products are designed and created by hard working Americans in the USA.  And we're proud of that, too.

With your help we are ready to go.

We have been developing new printing techniques for digital art and photography for several years, spending countless hours researching the industry and working to adapt what are basically out-of-reach commercial products to the presentation needs of individual artists and art collectors. Our focus on the mobile arts enabled us to design two new products that will be accessible to our own community of artists—and art lovers everywhere. We are partnering with several companies, and with your approval on Kickstarter, we will move into production.

More About Us -- A Mobile Art and Mobile Photography Community

iPhoneArt.com, or IPA for short, has spent the past several years cultivating a community of creative artists sharing perspectives though contemporary photography and digital art. iPhoneArt is a consistent resource for inspiration from incredible people and their work, but you don't have to take our word for it:

“leading the way in a new genre of photography.” - The Guardian

"a great way to inspire the artist in all of us." - LA Times

"providing an opportunity for veterans to expand their style and reach.” - CNN

"The gallery to line up at” - Barrons

"the most impressive examples of iPhone photography around." - CNET

“Forget Instagram! There are much more profound ways of sharing your iPhone snapshots.” - The Huffington Post

"a celebration of the mobile art movement around the world." - Xinhua News Agency

"The newly expanded service gives iPhoneographers the ability to display their images on a curated space or have them printed with the quality necessary to appeal to art buyers.” - Rangefinder Magazine

Born at the LA Mobile Arts Festival

Last year we put on the largest mobile digital art expo to date—the 2012 Los Angeles Mobile Arts Festival. Our experience producing this show with over 650 printed works taught us that quality printing and presentation are sorely lacking for today’s digital arts.  The Daguerreotype and Ambrotype inspired fine art pieces made their debut here.  The innovative new products offer a fresh take in the high end fine art printing market.

About The Rewards - A Kickstarter Exclusive Offer

As part of this special kickstarter project, 12 renowned mobile artists have donated their images as backer rewards at certain reward levels.  These signed editions are only available here on Kickstarter. We are so grateful that these artist believe in our vision and we thank them whole heartedly for sharing their work with the backers of this project.

Signed limited edition prints will be available to backers at designated rewards levels. Please take a moment to click on the artists names to find out more about them, their careers, and the images available for backers. These generous donations are a rare opportunity to begin or add to your original art collection with some of the most unique mobile art around.

Remember, print choice is offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Many kickstarter rewards feature products we currently produce and aren't seeking funding for in this kickstarter project: fine art prints on aluminum, wood, and paper mounted on bamboo. These rewards are designed to help us raise the funds we need to finalize and bring into production our new iPrints fine art pieces inspired by traditional daguerreotypes and ambrotypes.

If you would like one of the print rewards of your own, but do not have an image you'd like us to print, you may choose from one of our vintage images for your reward. These works are all in the public domain and come from our collection of old glass-plate negatives and prints from the 1800s and early 1900s. Some of the artists are well known and some are unknown, but all of the works speak to older photographic processes that have had a large impact on the vintage aesthetic cultivated by many mobile artists and app developers today.

Fine-Art Paper Mounted on Bamboo

Your image printed on exhibition quality fine art paper, mounted on bamboo.
Your image printed on exhibition quality fine art paper, mounted on bamboo.

 Prints on Aluminum

Your image printed directly on an aluminum plate.
Your image printed directly on an aluminum plate.

 Prints on Wood

Your image printed directly on a wood panel.
Your image printed directly on a wood panel.

LA Mobile Arts Festival Posters

Less than 500 are left from the 2012 festival.  These will be signed and shipped out to backers, and when they're gone, they're gone!

LA Mobile Arts Festival Posters
LA Mobile Arts Festival Posters

From Our Family To Yours

Whether it's at the Louvre in Paris or on the iPhone in your pocket, art and photography surround us daily.  A sincere thank you to all the talented artists at iPhoneArt who have encouraged us and inspired us to continue our venture, and challenged us to take this new digital art movement to a higher level. Your support through this kickstarter will bring these new products to life, and keep our art community thriving. From our family to yours, we thank you, sincerely.

*Pledges will show up as 'Kickstarter, Inc., Stickman Inc.' in Amazon payments.  Backers will not be charged if the project does not receive 100% funding by December 16.

Risks and challenges

We are a small, yet nimble company and through our experiences producing the LA Mobile Arts Festival we have built an excellent team, uniquely qualified to tackle this project.

For us, it starts from the top. Our founder, Daria Polichetti has a fine art academic background plus over 15 years of experience working with designers, illustrators, and photographers, printing for artists, galleries, museums and clients including the Walker Evans estate & Yale University, Julie Taymor, Warner Bros. Pictures, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

I love kickstarter, and I've backed dozens of projects on here since I joined in 2010. I have carefully calculated the time and cost of producing all the rewards and, if funded, we are scheduled to deliver all of the printed backer rewards (excluding the Daguerrotype and Ambrotype) by March-April 2014 or earlier. Because the Daguerreotype and Ambrotype are only prototypes at this stage, and the funding is to help us finish these products, they will not be ready to ship until May-June 2014.

We only work with vendors we have previously done business with, and companies that we know can deliver based on our experiences in the past. We work with people we know and trust, but more importantly we work with people we like to work with, and who like working with us, too. It also helps that all our products are made here in America, so we can escape some of the pain and quality control issues that go along with working with companies overseas. As artists ourselves, quality is the most important thing and it will not be compromised.

Time is the most valuable commodity, and if funded, we will need to hit the ground running in order to deliver as scheduled. Based on the success of the project, we are prepared to expand our production operation as needed to meet the demands of the project so we deliver on time and on budget. We purposely limited our rewards to amounts we know we are able to produce and deliver in the time frame indicated.

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    One Signed Limited Edition 8x10 fine art print by any one of 12 selected, internationally renowned mobile artists of your choice (print choice is first come, first serve). These prints, valued at $250 and up, have been donated to this kickstarter campaign by the artists, and are only available here, so you may take advantage of this rare opportunity to own an original signed print well under market value.

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    One of your own images, or one of our vintage images, printed up to 6 inches on your choice of bamboo, metal or wood. PLUS one Signed Limited Edition 8x10 fine art print by any one of 12 selected, internationally renowned mobile artists of your choice (print choice is first come, first serve). PLUS a digital copy of the official LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012 commemorative book. A $300+ value for $149. Free US shipping included. International shipping will be charged based on country.

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    One NEW Ambrotype, created from your own digital file, or one of our vintage images. PLUS one signed, limited edition fine art print by one of the 12 internationally renowned mobile artists of your choice (print choice is first come, first serve) PLUS the digital LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012 PDF. A $400+ value for $199.
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    One NEW Ambrotype, created from your own digital file, or one of our vintage images. PLUS one NEW Daguerrotype, created from your own digital file, or one of our pre-selected vintage images. PLUS one Signed Limited Edition 8x10 fine art print by any one of 12 selected, internationally renowned mobile artists of your choice (print choice is first come, first serve). PLUS, one of your own images printed up to 6 inches on your choice of bamboo, metal or wood. PLUS a digital copy of the official LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012 commemorative book. A $650+ value for $499.
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    The iPrints Portfolio. One NEW Daguerreotype, created from your own digital file, or one of our vintage images. PLUS one NEW Ambrotype, created from your own digital file, or one of our vintage images. PLUS, three of your own images printed up to 6 inches: one on bamboo, one on metal and one on wood. PLUS one FULL SET of the 12 signed, limited edition fine art prints by the selected, internationally renowned mobile artists. PLUS a digital copy of the official LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012 commemorative book.
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    A Mobile Art Workshop! Nate will travel to any school in the continental US to teach a one-day practical workshop on creating art digitally with mobile devices. This reward includes a one-hour lecture on the history photography as an art form; one-hour hands on demos of the latest apps and mobile technology gear. Our air travel and hotel are included; and up to 5 signed copies of "The Art of iPhone Photography" by Bob Weil and Nicki Fitz-Gerald for your workshop attendees. This reward may be redeemed during the 2014 calendar year.

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