NEWS & EVENTS
Monalog member Jim Fitzgerald takes us for a tour of his current show at LightBox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Oregon and shows us his incredible accompanying handmade fine press edition book. In Part 1 Jim provides a tour of the show. In Part 2 Jim discussed the making of his book. In Part 3 Jim shows how he developed cabon transfer text for book. In Part 4 Jim continues his discussion on the developing text pages for the book. Enjoy!
Michael Marks will have his photograph Memorial Day Parade, 2020 included in The Halide Project’s Processing 2020 Exhibition. The show runs through April 30th. You can see the sho in person or check it out virtually at https://www.thehalideproject.org/processing2020/
There will be a virtual Public Closing Reception on Monday, April 26th you can attend at https://www.thehalideproject.org/events/processing-2020-virtual-closing-reception/
Monalog member David Haas printed forty-two 20x24 and 24x36 prints for Paul Ickovic’s current exhibit at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The show runs from April 15th to June 7th. For more information see https://www.bnf.fr/sites/default/files/2020-09/CP_Photo_2020_2021.pdf
David also has his image Facades, Boston, 1980 available for purchase at the upcoming MassArt Auction on April 10th.All proceeds for print sales go the Massachusetts College of Art. For more information visit https://massart.edu/auction
Michael Marks will have one of his photographs Cowgirl, Middletown Grange exhibited as part of the Da Vinci Art Alliance Subjective Perspective Members Exhibition at their gallery in Philadelphia. The show runs from March 11th through March 28th.
There will be a virtual Public Opening Reception on Sunday, March 14, 2-3pm at https://davinciartalliance.org/subjective-perspective
I am very excited to announce that Monalog now has its own Youtube channel. We plan on making a number of exciting videos of interest to the black and white analog community, and will also showcase other videos we think you will enjoy. Check it out at:
Covid has caused all of us to be creative in ways we have not been before. Because it is not currently possible for Monalog to schedule in-person photographic events, the Collective will be hosting a series of exciting virtual events until we and our fellow black and white analog photographers can get together.
Your Covid-19 Photographic Life is the first of Monalog’s virtual events. This Zoom-based seminar will be an intimate discussion with Monalog Collective members Michael Marks, Paul Margolis and David Haas concerning the photographic challenges they have faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. Monalog Collective member Drew Wagner will host the event. Presentations will include:
- Member background, type of photography, description of their work, format and materials used
- Each member’s story of what they have done photographically during the pandemic and how the pandemic has affected their the work and creativity
- What motivates each member to create during the these difficult times, and what have they done outside of making and printing photographs to “keep their head in the game” and maintain interest in creating and being creative
Total program time will be approximately 60 minutes.
This and future events will take place on Zoom and will be free of charge.
Those who register to attend will receive an email with a link to join the lecture prior to the event start time.
Note: Audio, video, and other information sent during these Zoom sessions may be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to being recorded, you can turn off your video sharing within the application or consider not joining the session.
We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming seminars!
The deadline for sign up is March 27, 2021.
For further information and to reserve your place in this event please contact Michael Marks at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monalog member and Large and Ultra Large format photographer, Jim Fitzgerald is proud to announce the opening of “A Banquet of Light.” The opening will feature Jim’s handmade panoramic carbon transfer book. Images from the book will be also featured on the gallery walls. Additionally there will be 13 8x10 carbon transfer prints hung in the mezzanine balcony area of the gallery. These images feature recent new work, many of which were created during the pandemic.
There will be an online gallery link after the show opens for those who cannot attend or see the show in person. Jim will give a short video presentation explaining the creation of the book and describe the images in the edition. For more information go to
We crossed the digital divide last week and created the @MonalogCollective Facebook page. Now you can keep track of news, events and members new work in real time. The Monalog Collective website will remain the destination for in-depth information on our group as well as hosting member bio pages and galleries. So, take a moment to visit the Collective’s home page and click the FB link at the bottom of the page, follow @MonalogCollective’ new page and see what our photographers are up to. One exciting bit of news we just announced is the publication of “Survivors”, Jim Fitzgerald’s handmade, fine press edition book of 8x10 carbon prints depicting Yosemite Nation Park’s black oaks. And keep watch for more new work from our members! https://www.facebook.com/MonalogCollective/
Michael Marks had one of his photographs selected to be included in the 2020 Photo Review 36th Annual Photography Competition have been posted on the Photo Review website for a virtual exhibition. You can see them here: https://www.photoreview.org. The 2020 competition was juried by Kathy Ryan, Photo Editor, and Jessica Dimson, Deputy Director of Photography, of The New York Times Magazine.
Michael Marks will have one of his photographs, Our American Gothic exhibited at the 2020 Davinci Art Alliance Members Exhibition at the DVAA gallery in Philadelphia and virtually on line at https://davinciartalliance.org/light
There will be a virtual Public Opening Reception on Wednesday, December 2, 7-8pm at https://davinciartalliance.org/calendar/light-opening-reception
Discover the ease, economy and joy of the silver process. Individual tutorials and small group workshops are tailored for the beginner or those that want to take their skills to the next level. Design your own workshop or leave it up to David based on your input.
From pin hole to large format cameras, in the filed, studio, or the darkroom, taught at your pace, on your time, weekdays or weekends. Pricing by the hour or the workshop – your choice!
David can provide room board at a very affordable rate for up to three in his comfortable five bedroom row home dedicated to all facets of the silver process, set in the heart of the Lehigh Valley. An environment rich in history, culture and natural beauty, offering a state of the art facility ideally suited for serious artistic endeavors with silver.
To learn more, contact David Haas at:
Monalog is thrilled to report that the Briscoe Center for American History will acquire the archives of Monalog member Ed Eckstein for its collection of contemporary American photojournalism. Included will be thousands of images that Eckstein has captured throughout a career that has spanned the past 50 years. Eckstein has worked extensively documenting civil rights, Native Americans, healthcare, and religion as well as everyday life. His work captures life from the mid-20th Century to the present.
The Briscoe Center for American History resides at the University of Texas, Austin. It holds the largest collection of images by contemporary photojournalists in the world.
Due to the continued danger posed by Covid-19 our members have determined it necessary to postpone our Inaugural Monalog Collective Photographers Outing that was to be held on September 10th - 12th until sometime in 2021 when it is safe for all of us to get together. As much as we were looking forward to this event and the opportunity to make new friends, the recent uptick in Covid-19 cases makes postponement the responsible thing to do.
As soon as the health situation becomes clearer we will determine a date to reschedule this event, but in the meantime we hope you will continue to visit us here and stay in contact. Even though we are postponing the outing, we have met some wonderful photographers, some who are now members of Monalog!
For those interested in learning more about our collective please contact us and let’s talk about what we love so much!
Stay safe and best wishes.
For more information contact Michael Marks at:
email@example.com or 215-348-9171
Carbon Transfer artist and Monalog member Jim Fitzgerald will be a juror for “Altered Reality”, a show to be held at the Lightbox Photographic Gallery from September 12th through October 7th, 2020. The gallery is located in Astoria, OR.
“Within the Historical Process Photographic Community there is a spirit of positive reaction when facing uncertainty. Experimentation with new ideas and the perfection of old formulas are part of the photographic process. Have you been affected by the new world disorder? How do we know the Real from an Altered Reality? Your work inspires us. Please share your creative mind and processes.
Thank you Diana H. Bloomfield, Karen Hymer and Jim Fitzgerald for Jurying this years Historical Process Photographic Exhibit for Lightbox Photographic Gallery. Our panel of Jurors have all been affected by the events of 2020 and all excel with the experimentation and perfection of their process. Each is inspired by individual creativity as they are practicing artists in their own right, we are sure you may know of them all. Please share your thoughts, feelings, emotions, your work with them.
With this exhibit we wish to expose the viewers to work created with a variety of Historical photographic processes. Processes including Platinum/Palladium, Cyanotype, Vandyke, Daguerreotype, Saltprint, Wet Plate Collodion, Dryplate , Ambrotype, Kallitype, Calotype, Gum Bichromate, Carbon Transfer, Photogravure, Lith, Albumen prints are desired, to name a few. Darkroom Silver Gelatin and C-prints are considered alternative process for this exhibit. Original works done in an alternative process are required for the exhibit. No digital reproductions of original work will be exhibited. In “Altered Reality” we would like to see visionary contemporary use of Historical processes. We are looking to present the finest works, considering technique, originality and creativity, from photographers using Alternative Historical Processes.”
Deadline for submissions of work is August 10th 2020.
For more information visit http://lightbox-photographic.com/call-for-entries/altered_reality
Carbon Transfer Artist and Monalog Member Jim Fitzgerald’s work is currently being shown in Light Sensitive, an alternative process show currently running through August 8th at the Art Intersection Gallery located in Gilbert, AZ.
For more information visit https://artintersection.com/event/light-sensitive-2020/
The Monalog Collective Photographer’s Outing is a chance for black and white analog photographers to meet, make photographs and have a great time. It is also an opportunity for photographers that are not members of Monalog to interact with and learn more about the Monalog Collective. The Outing is limited to 25 participants and will be based in the picturesque town of Easton, Pennsylvania situated on the shores of the Delaware River. Easton is nearby beautiful Bucks County and the Lehigh Valley and is close to many small river towns, as well as Bethlehem and Allentown Pennsylvania. This means that there is an abundance of diverse subject matter to satisfy every photographer. It is easily accessible from Philadelphia, New York City, Allentown and Newark. There are a number of local hotels and bed and breakfasts, along with plenty of restaurants in the area.
We will begin our event with a group “get to know you” diner at a local restaurant (TBD) on Thursday evening.
Friday will be devoted primarily to making photographs. We will all meet at 8:30am at a central location and take it from there. No pressure and no expectations. The idea is to be with other photographers, have fun and be mutually supportive. We will have a number of locations scouted out where participants can meet up, or you can go your own way freestyle, as there is no shortage of subject matter to be photographed.
On Friday evening at 7pm we will all meet for a talk by Monalog Collective member and analog photography historian, Chris Karfakis. The talk will be held at the beautiful Stirner Modern Gallery located in downtown Easton.
On Saturday we will meet again at 8:30am, then depart for more photographing. At 2pm we will reconvene at the studio and darkroom of Monalog member and working photographer Ed Eckstein located above the Stirner Modern Gallery. The concluding session will include a tour and discussion by Ed about his work, as well as participant feedback, thoughts on possible next steps, upcoming events and how to get involved with Monalog.
We will adjourn at 4pm so participants can begin to head home or stay in the area for dinner.
Come join us and be part of this exciting Monalog inaugural event! There is no cost, but you will want to sign up early to ensure participation.
We look forward to seeing you in September!
For more information contact Michael Marks at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-348-9171
Michael Marks had two of his photographs selected to appear in the 27th Annual Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. One his photographs won the prestigious Spencer Saunders Award. The exhibit was juried by Emmit Gowan.
Because of Covid-19, the exhibition is being held online and can be viewed at:
Monalog has been in contact with Paula Chamlee and she informed us that she still has inventory of the Lodima silver chloride contact printing paper that she and Michael Smith had manufactured to replace Kodak’s Azo. She has been selling it rather regularly and is getting low on the grade 2, but has a large amount of the grade 4 still in stock. Information on availability and writings about the paper are on their web site, www.lodima.org.
Paula is in regular contact with the manufacturer in Germany and said they hope to give her a production forecast on the new grade 3 sometime this spring. With the worldwide disruptions from coronavirus, definite information is impossible just now.
Paula also continues to teach workshops at their studio in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, either in small groups or privately. If you are interested, contact her at email@example.com.
On March 11, 2020, Ilford Photo posted the results of their "Global Analogue Film Photography Community Survey". 5,439 photographers from 87 countries responded.
Ilford Photo concluded, in part, that "While new generations of film shooters may not yet have embraced the darkroom as they have film shooting or home processing, we firmly believe that printing is an integral part of photography and is as fun and rewarding an experience as all that comes before it. The data shows the tangible aspect of darkroom printing, not least getting people away from a screen to create something meaningful with their hands, is appealing but it is clear obstacles do exist. Time, expense, space, knowledge, and equipment all play their part."
Please visit the Ilford web site for results of the entire survey. http://www.ilfordphoto.com
It's true! Fuji has recently brought back Fuji Acros in the form of Acros II. The announcement was made by Fujifilm Corporation on November 13, 2019. The film was first introduced in Japan but is now available in the US and other markets.
From Fuji’s website, https://www.fujifilmusa.com/press/news/display_news?newsID=881726
“TOKYO, November 13, 2019 – FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) announced that the new generation of NEOPAN 100 ACROS II (ACROS II) black-and-white film will be available in Japan starting November 22, 2019. After the initial launch of ACROS II in Japan, Fujifilm anticipates introduction of the black-and-white film in select overseas markets, including the U.S., by early 2020. The reformulated ACROS II film has all the most-loved features of its predecessor, including unsurpassed high-resolution, fine grain and sharpness. To meet the needs of film enthusiasts of today’s market, ACROS II will be available in 35mm and 120 size formats.
Utilizing Fujifilm’s proprietary Super Fine-Σ particle technology, ACROS II offers a high-level of granularity with pristine resolution achieved at a sensitivity of ISO 100. Fujifilm has achieved this level of image quality at high-sensitivity due to its longstanding history of film development and manufacturing, which has allowed it to precisely control the size and composition of silver halide grains contained in photographic film, contributing to the final image quality and aesthetic in prints. The sharpness achieved in ACROS II film will detail fine textures, making it an ideal selection to use in a wide-range of situations including landscape, portraits, commercial, architectural and even astronomical and night photography. Building on these characteristics, ACROS II will offer slightly higher contrast gradation in highlight areas when compared to the conventional ACROS film.
As the demand for film decreased and raw materials became difficult to procure, Fujifilm discontinued the sale of black-and-white film in 2018. Due to recent interest from millennials and GenZs, who have become the newest film enthusiasts, Fujifilm developed a plan to revive black-and-white film to meet new market demands.
As a leading company in the imaging field, Fujifilm will never stop striving to meet the diverse needs of customers in a wide range of fields, from analog to digital, and continue to provide improved products and services.”
Life Magazine and the Power of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey. Through June 21, 2020
From Princeton University Art Museum, https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/art/exhibitions/3612
“From the Great Depression to the Vietnam War, the vast majority of the photographs printed and consumed in the United States appeared on the pages of illustrated magazines. Offering an in-depth look at the photography featured in Life magazine throughout its weekly run from 1936 to 1972, this exhibition examines how the magazine’s use of images fundamentally shaped the modern idea of photography in the United States. The work of photographers such as Margaret Bourke-White, Larry Burrows, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Frank Dandridge, Gordon Parks, and W. Eugene Smith is explored in the context of the creative and editorial structures at Life. Drawing on unprecedented access to Life magazine’s picture and paper archives, as well as photographers’ archives, the exhibition presents an array of materials, including caption files, contact sheets, and shooting scripts, that shed new light on the collaborative process behind many now-iconic images and photo-essays.”
Dorothea Lange, Words & Pictures, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York. Through May 9, 2020
“Toward the end of her life, Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) reflected, “All photographs—not only those that are so called 'documentary’...can be fortified by words.” A committed social observer, Lange paid sharp attention to the human condition, conveying stories of everyday life through her photographs and the voices they drew in. Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, the first major MoMA exhibition of Lange’s in 50 years, brings iconic works from the collection together with less seen photographs—from early street photography to projects on criminal justice reform. The work’s complex relationships to words show Lange’s interest in art’s power to deliver public awareness and to connect to intimate narratives in the world.
In her landmark 1939 photobook An American Exodus—a central focus of the show—Lange experiments with combining words and pictures to convey the human impact of Dust Bowl migration. Conceived in collaboration with her husband, agricultural economist Paul Taylor, the book weaves together field notes, folk song lyrics, newspaper excerpts, and observations from contemporary sociologists. These are accompanied by a chorus of first-person quotations from the sharecroppers, displaced families, and migrant workers at the center of her pictures. Presenting Lange’s work in its diverse contexts—photobooks, Depression-era government reports, newspapers, magazines, poems—along with the voices of contemporary artists, writers, and thinkers, the exhibition offers a more nuanced understanding of Lange’s vocation, and new means for considering words and pictures today.”