Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

Reviving skylight studio from year 1898, Josip Pelikan Studio

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Dear_readers_I’m_so_honored to announce that in collaboration with Museum of Recent History Celje we will revive portraiture sessions in one of the best preserved skylight studios in Europe. The glass studio was build in 1898 and from 1920 Josip Pelikan was working there. After his death in 1977 his youngest daughter Božena Pelikan took over the family busnis and when she retired in 90’s, the studio was donated to the museum that renovated it with great care for details.

In the following month of February we are planing to revive public portrait sessions in the studio in a noble manner of portrait photography of 19th and 20th Century. Well not every day, but on certain days. I was working really hard to achieve sufficient technical and aesthetic level. First step is to revive the studio, so people could enjoy the nobility that once portrait photography had.

Next is to have workshops on photography techniques of 19th Century and finally my greatest goal is to have a festival of Alternative Photography. I imagine that exhibitions and lectures on the topic would resonate perfectly in this space. I already founded Fotopub festival of documentary photography and I was the Art director of Fotopub during first seven years and the festival continues to thrive, so I’m confident that if I could do it at age 26, I could do it even better 12 years later! Especially because I have huge support in my mentor Miša Keskenović and wonderful people of Museum of Recent History Celje.

But step by step. And first step, first foundation stone is of course photography. Do you like it? Would you like to have a portrait of you in this manner? This is not my whole portfolio, this is just the beginning. Beside ambrotypes the studio will offer also wet plate collodion negative, printed on either salt print, albumen print, cyanotype, gelatin silver-bromide print and so on. But more about that in the following post. Josip Pelikan Studio is located in Celje, Slovenia, EU.

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  1. Borut, Excellent. We should all build this type of studio! More to say later!!!


    18 January, 2013 at 06:03

  2. Thank you John! Yes, light is beautiful and because you’re limited to daylight and other laws of nature I feel very humble. Like there was a question when should we have a press conference, before noon or in the evening? In skylight studio, the sun is the one who decides 🙂

    But light is so beautiful that as Quinn put it, it’s like shooting a fish in a barrel, you can’t miss 🙂

    Borut Peterlin

    18 January, 2013 at 22:05

  3. Stunning….REAL photographs…they just ooze character….I am so happy for you Borut….good luck with bringing the old techniques to the museum and to the world.


    22 January, 2013 at 01:14

  4. I’m in total awe with your work, and wish you all the luck with your fantastic plans! I’m convinced it will be success for you!
    The workshops sounds very very thrilling, I wish someone could do that here where I live…..


    25 January, 2013 at 10:34

  5. Maybe this could be good studio 🙂

    Igor Petrović

    25 January, 2013 at 13:59

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