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A carbon print on glass, as an auction from 0,99$

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Thank you for your attention to my work. I’m listing an image of an old tree, A Silent Friend, bathing in the sunlight, showering upon us the eternity of the present moment.

I made this image as a carbon print on glass from a wet plate collodion negative. The image is featured also in my book  A Father’s Tale.

This print is not a limited edition, but to make a single carbon print, I need to work two days also with poisonous substances like potassium dichromate, so I can’t imagine making more then a dozen prints from this negative, before I poison myself completely. A photograph with these properties is a collector’s dream item, worth to be featured in the squeal of the novel by Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose. He, he, I’m not joking about the dichromates, but I do take safety precautions seriously. Do not worry, the print is free of this sensitizer and is safe to handle. On top of that the gelatin layer is sandwiched between two glass plates.

The size of the image is 25x30cm or 10×12″ and the entire glass is 40x50cm or 16×20″.  The image is backed with handmade paper that adds the organic handmade feeling of the image. 

Carbon print on glass is by my opinion the most beautiful way how a photograph could possibly look like and it’s also the most archival. Carbon printing does not need a developer or fixer or other chemistry, just a gelatin, pigment (ink), sensitizer and hot water. I’ve made the making of video explaining  and I invite you to view it on the following links: 

The making of the print is published above, the making of the negative from the year 2014 is published bellow.

My name is Borut Peterlin, an artist from Slovenia, EU and I’ve been thought the process by the famous process historian Mark Osterman, from George Eastman House, Rochester, USA and Calvin Grier from Lyria, Spain. I’m using antique hand-made processes to achieve the aesthetics that matches my vision.
Short biography:  I’m a Fine Art photographer specialized in Antique Avantgarde Art, dealing with contemporary issues in 19th Century photographic processes. I’ve graduated at Prague’s FAMU Academy with a BA in photography (1994-98) and earned a Postgraduate Diploma at The London College of Printing (2002-03). In 2000 I’ve received a scholarship at Fabrica, Benetton’s Research Center for Communication and began working with Oliviero Toscani. In 2001 I’ve started Fotopub Festival of Documentary Photography and served as art-director for seven years. I’ve exhibited worldwide, in venues such as the Konica-Minolta Gallery, Tokio, Japan / K2 Gallery – Izmir, Turkey / Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany/ Host Gallery, London, UK / Kaunas Photo Festival, Lithuania / Doland Museum, Shanghai, China / Photo Fringe Festival, Krakow, Poland and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia.  More about my work on www.borutpeterlin.com

Simon Weber – Unger and his Nature Printing process from 1852

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This weekend I was visiting Vienna Photo Book Festival and it was really exciting place in time. So many books, so many ideas, so many people to talk to… Unfortunately I managed to make only one proper interview if I don’t count the one I’ve published on Monday. Since I’m very much interested in alternative photography processes from 19th Century I was overwhelmed with the work of Simon Weber-Unger! He has a gallery Wissenschaftliches Kabinett in Vienna and it’s specialized in 19th Century photography. Furthermore his project of reviving Nature printing process is breathtaking indeed. I’ve made this interview to share with you his work. I hope you will get a glimpse how great it is. I know it’s not photography, but it is amazingly beautiful print!

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