Wet collodion event

Events, Portrait

I took part to a project to create a series of portrait of people linked with Elephant&Castle area.


Developing Large format slides


Last week, we took some shots during the workshop on large format camera. I developed some slides this morning. Nothing complicated, it might be sometimes tricky to put slide on the rack.  Follow same steps as a 35mm or medium format development (Fix, Stop, Rev Wash + continuous agitation). 30 min alone in complete darkness : it is a meditative session !



Nicéphore Niépce (1765-1833)


Recognized at the inventor of photography called ‘heliographic process’
5 May 1816 : first negative (non fixed) of a view from his window, images called ‘rétines

niepce-la-table-servie-1825La Table servie, first significative photograph (disappeared nowadays)

1824 : invention photogravure

Nicephore-Niepce-bloc-image-2.jpgLe Point de vue du Gras (1827) the oldest picture known today (exposure during several days)


premiere-photo-homme-1838.jpgBoulevard du Temple (1838), first photograph showing a person by Louis Daguerre

1827-1833 :collaboration started between two men before Niepce died


Maison Nicéphore Niépce à Saint-Loup-de-Varennes (between Dijon and Lyon) http://www.photo-museum.org/fr

William Klein

fashion, street photography

William Klein is an American photographer, painter and film maker (1928-) based in Paris, sometimes called the ‘bad boy’.He rejected the documentary objectivity (the rule at that time) and adopted an approach that erased any distance between model and photographer. He preferred to dive in the crowd and photograph very close to his subject (so much that the image could be very blurry and grainy, with violent contrasts, complex compositions, out of frame, distorsions.He is a multi-facetted portraitist and created famous cities books in New York, Rome, Paris, Tokyo and Moscow.  He disrupted fashion photography (influencing Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, David Bailey…).  Models don’t pose anymore but they are photographed in the street, in movement.

William Klein, Gun 1, New York, 1955.jpg

William Klein, Cine poster, Tokyo, 1961.jpg

William Klein, Nina + Simone, Piazza di Spagna, Rome (Vogue), Variant, 1960.jpg