About this project
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I want to create a series of prints to celebrate the history of analog film photography. Since the first official photograph in 1827 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, it has been estimated that over one trillion photographs have been printed. Since the advent of the digital camera, photo film production has been on a steady decline. Most of the world's film manufacturers have closed their doors.
While this project certainly isn't meant to be a forum for a film vs digital conversation, it can be agreed that film photography mandates a certain level of forethought, vision and technique. Film is at the foundation of photographic history, and this project pays some tribute to that.
In particular I love modern, mid-20th century International Style graphic design. The screen printing process, similar to film photography and processing, is a deliberate, authentic method; and a great way to commemorate this era of photographic tools.
The Photo Film prints are 11"x14" serigraphs on 100# paper from the French Paper Co. in Niles, Michigan. Screen printing will be handled by VGKids in Ypsillanti, Michigan. I've worked with them on several projects like my Airport Runway, Golf Course and Racetrack Series prints. Their work is impeccable. Your prints will be stamped and signed on the back, rolled and shipped in a heavy-duty kraft tube. Final print colors will slightly vary from what's shown on screen.
Ansco was the brand name of a photographic company based in Binghamton, New York, which produced photographic films, papers and cameras from the mid-1800s until the 1980s. It also sold rebadged versions of cameras made by other manufacturers, including Agfa and Chinon. A Minolta-built Ansco model was the first 35 mm camera in space.
The Agfa-Ansco interests in the U.S. and Binghamton factory were taken over by the U.S. government in 1941 due to its ties with Germany. The company was the last business to be sold as enemy assets to American interests in the 1960s. Briefly in the 1970s, it was the official film of Disneyland and at this time, actor Henry Fonda served as the company's spokesman in television commercials including one that featured Jodie Foster in her first acting role.
Efke is the brand name of photographic films, papers, and chemicals manufactured by Fotokemika d.d., a company located in Samobor, Croatia.
The Efke films are black-and-white films with high silver content and as a result give a large exposure latitude and high quality grayscale reproduction when compared with modern films. The Efke 25, 50 and 100 products are made using the ADOX formulas that were first introduced in the 1950s.
The Efke films are more forgiving of exposure variations than modern tabular crystal films. The nature of the product also allows large, grain free, enlargements to be made from negatives.
Fotokemika in Croatia ceased production of their films and papers in 2012.
Just added! GAF 500
Backers at the $150 level "The Collection: Full Set of Eight" will now receive a ninth print - the GAF 500 at no additional cost. Thanks for backing!
GAF was originally established in the United States as an American branch of the German chemical conglomerate I.G. Dyes, American I.G. changed its name to General Aniline and Film (GAF) Corporation in 1939. The name change resulted from its acquisition of General Aniline Works and a merger with Agfa-Ansco Corporation, which produced photography supplies such as film.
In addition to manufacturing photographic film as well as cameras and projectors (both still and motion picture), GAF was the manufacturer of the View-Master toy line. Briefly in the 1970s, it was the official film of Disneyland and at this time, actor Henry Fonda served as the company's spokesman in several television commercials including one that featured Jodie Foster in her first acting role.
HARMAN technology Limited, trading as ILFORD PHOTO, is “Passionate about Black and White” and intends to continue this commitment.
Since that time, ILFORD PHOTO has re-established its primary position in the global photographic market and has led the worldwide resurgence of black-and-white photography. It is now the only manufacturer that provides a full range of film, paper, photochemistry and ancillary products for this sector.
The demand for traditional monochrome films and papers remains strong, and the future of ILFORD PHOTO products looks good for years to come.
ORWO Film, sold exclusively in North America through ORWO North America, documents and preserves art, culture and history. ORWO supports the film world, cinematography, sound recording, archival industry, photographic industry, and lab/processing industry, by supplying the highest quality product available, at affordable prices.
ORWO was an East German manufacturer of photographic film and magnetic tape. The basis for ORWO was the Agfa Wolfen plant, where the first modern colour film, with incorporated colour couplers, Agfacolor, was developed in 1936.
On 20 April 1945, following the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, the plant was taken over by US forces and important patents and other documents regarding the Agfacolor process were confiscated and handed over to Western competitors, such as Kodak and Ilford. As the plant was located in what was to become the Soviet zone of occupied Germany, the US forces then handed it over to the Soviet military administration, which dismantled large parts of the plant and moved it, with key German staff, to the Soviet Union, where it formed the basis for the Soviet colour film industry.
In 1953 the plant became the property of East Germany, and in a trade agreement settlement, the East German company, VEB Film-und Chemiefaserwerk Agfa Wolfen, was given the right to sell its products under the Agfa brand in Eastern Europe, while the newly re-established Agfa in West German Leverkusen had the right to the name in the rest of the world.
As the trade agreement seriously hampered the East German company's abilities to sell in the West, the ORWO trademark (for Original Wolfen) was introduced in 1964. ORWO branded 35mm colour slide filmbecame available in the United Kingdom in the 1970s through magazine advertisements for mail order suppliers. It was a cheaper alternative to the mainstream brands available at the time.
The cellulose triacetate base manufacturing plant of ORWO was sold to Island Pyrochemical Industries, Mineola, NY. ORWO North America is the exclusive North American representative of ORWO FilmoTec GmbH.
For more information, please visit the ORWO North American website at www.orwona.com
Otto Perutz (born 1847 in Teplice, died 1922 in München) was a chemist who had finished his studies in Zurich with a degree dissertation about a photo-chemical topic and became manager of a factory for chemicals. In 1880 he founded his own enterprise, a factory for making dry plates. This became the Perutz-Photowerke. The company was bought in 1964 by concurrent Agfa.
The Perutz Photo works film factory was closed in 1994.
The green color of the film box was derived from the particularly high yellow-green sensitivity of the first panchromatic emulsions.
Svema (Russian: Свема, Светочувствительные Материалы) was founded in 1931 in then Ukrainian SSR.
"Svema" used to be the major photographic film manufacturer in the USSR, but their film lost market share in former Soviet countries to imported products during the late 1990s. They made black-and-white photographic film, photographic paper, B&W/colour cine film and magnetic tapes until 2000. Colour film was made with equipment dismantled from the Agfa-Wolfen Factory after World War II.
Svema products were known among enthusiasts as an easy and sturdy product for beginners in home film development and printing.
The plant's production of photographic products slowed through the 1990s and ceased entirely in 2000. Svema shut down completely in 2006, having served only as a district heating source for the town of Shostka in the intervening years.
I'm an architect and designer with 10 years of experience crafting space and experience through architecture, print and web design. In 2010 I started my own design studio NOMO and recently helped launch Sparse - an urban cycling accessory company. We wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign late 2012.
Here's how the target goal breaks down.
PRINTING: As you see, if we reach the Kickstarter goal, 79% of the funds go directly to printing costs. 8 prints at 2 to 4 Pantone-matched colors each is a good amount of expense and effort.
SHIPPING: 10% of the costs will go to shipping costs. Prints will be rolled, sealed in a 2 mil polyethylene film bag, placed in a .080" thick-walled cardboard tube and shipped via the tender, loving hands of the US Postal Service. For international backers, please note delivery time will vary as your prints travel through US Customs and your local delivery service. International backers, you may have to pay additional duty fees. Contact your local customs office for details.
CELEBRATION: For my last Kickstarter campaign, I set aside 1% of the funds to go towards the purchase of champagne. That was $102 that went toward 22 bottles of Strawberry Boone's Farm! (jk) Let's do it again. If we make our goal, Nicole and I will go out for another bottle (or 2) of champagne.
For trademark and copyright purposes, I've only selected and illustrated film companies that are out of business, dead, dissolved, bankrupt or disappeared. Ilford Photo has approved the use of their logo in these prints.
That being said, let's have another disclaimer
Not a product of or associated with Ansco, Efke, Maco, Orwo, Perutz and/or Svema, their owners or licensees.
Risks and challenges
I've ran my own online shop, NOMO Design, since 2010 and ship prints every day. This is my second Kickstarter project. My first project was another screen print series:
The project was a success and shipped on time.
The design for the print series is complete. Paper is selected and I'll be reviewing inks soon. Screen printer is waiting for the green "funded" light. I've accounted for their printing time. I have a solid system for packing and shipping prints. The main variable is the final number of backers and prints to be delivered. If there are too many orders for me to package and ship myself, I'll hire help (my wife).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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