Ones & Zeros

ONES & ZEROSR. Saintly

Well it’s been flat out at the studio lately. Apart from the delivery of the latest Foma order, I’ve been pushing pixels for near on 5 days straight. And I’ve just about had it too.

Although the Digital enlarger is straight forward enough to use, there is a lack of “self” in the printing process. Personally, I prefer the silver negative, ya know, you have a wee look through the lightbox, use the light meter within the head and before you know it, a print is on it way to the final wash. But with pixels, well they seem to have a life of their own. They don’t play nice and I want to send the files off to the corner……

But mind you, there is a place for the ol’ thing yet. Most of the images were captured due to the film camera not working or other out of control reasons. So without the digital camera a lot of fine prints would not have existed.

In other news, Ellie Young from has announced the confirmation of a print workshop that I’ve been hanging to learn, the process of “Mordançage“.

I first seen this process while giving a floor talk at last years Ballarat International Foto Biennale. The instructor is coming all the way from the U.S.A. and will teaching a few other processes also. And a final piece of news, a new exhibition will be coming to blanco negro in the next weeks. I’ll be hanging a collection of hand made prints by “the Gathers”. The Gathering itself is hosted by Gold Street Studios every year, where a bunch of large format photographers gather together for foto fest over two and a half days. Yours truly, is the lab rat of course, and get pleasure ribbing all of them, as is my wont…..

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Ralph Gibson print

Ralph GibsonTodays hand made print is by legendary photographer Ralph Gibson.

The image was taken at the Chelsea Hotel in N.Y.C. from memory, and the modle was his friend’s girlfriend. The shot is from 1962 and the print is vintage. Ralph was brought out to Australia by Tobi & Rob, and together with Point Light Gallery Sydney, arranged an exhibition of his work and also hosted several nude photographic workshops. Being the lab rat I am, I was in charge of processing & proofing most of the students films. So at the end of the day I’d process approx.. 30 rolls of film and make SUPER proofs (enlarged contact sheets onto 20×24 inch paper) to have ready first thing in the morning for review. Most days I’d start at 5 pm and finish between 1.00 am – 2.00 am. It was kind of weird crackin’ a beer at 2.30 am I must say.

My clearest memory during the 2 weeks of workshops was how excellent ALL the students film looked. I mean they ALL looked awesome and this gave me a huge respect for not only Ralph and his photography, but also his ability to teach. It was with great thanks to Point Light that I now own this print and their patience in letting me pay if off over 12 months! I hope you enjoy it too….. If your keen to see more of his work, Point Light has a few prints hanging on their wall RIGHT now!

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“The Australian” by Uel Lim

Uel LimGet along to Uel Lim’s exhibition, ‘The Australian’. It’s starting this Thursday the 3rd of April and running until the 14th at Wedge Gallery at Books Kinokuniya in the Galeries Victoria. A collection of hand printed gelatin silver prints by Blanco Negro.

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It ain't pretty

A wee pic by bradley scott testing a 5/4″ rangefinder by Razzle. So a bit of news: Congrats to Barat Ali Batoor on his fantastic Walkley win and you can hear his artist talk at 10/8 gallery, Surry Hills, tomorrow too. Also learnt Tim Page was bitten by a AFP Bureau guard dog in Hanoi covering General Gaip’s funeral. His good self & I will be at the Sydney Polo club for a Soldier On charity event and will have a collection of his “Diggers in the Nam” prints for a viewing. The exhibition at Blanco will be next month. Chris Reid by Bradley Scott

Chris Reid #2 by Bradley Scott

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A printer's best friend…

Alastair Moore collects his new little enlarger for large format contact printing. The bare light globe was just too fast, and even using the Fomalux chloride contact paper, it's always going to be limiting…. So, having half a dozen spare enlargers I suggested making life in the dark a bit easier. Follow Alastairs blog here: & a huge thanks for listing Blanco Negro on your front page mate. It all helps.A. Moore

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Andrea Francolini Exhibition: “More To Come”

G'day for a hot Friday!
Well I've just confirmed the next exhibition @ Blanco by sports snapper Andrea Francolini. On display will be a selection of B&W traditional sports, some HOLGA pics and also his latest Folio Vol 1. We will also be launching his fundraising book for his charity “my first school”. A beautiful selection of colour images promoting education in northern Pakistan. In other news, I'm in the process of building a new website, so please bear with me if you see any issues.
That's it for now, stay cool
A. Francolini exhibition

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“Over the Line” by Mike Magee


Over the Line“We’ve had some tough times over the years but when something like this happens, to win a Grand Final, it puts everything into perspective and makes it all worthwhile. To all our supporters, when the going gets tough and we need some inspiration you get us over the line!” Greg Matterson, Newtown Jets Head Coach.


Rugby League has been a part of Sydney’s tribal make-up, ritual and community since it was established in 1908. The Newtown club has been there since the beginning, a special part in its history and folklore. Local photographer Mike Magee has been following the Jets for four seasons and this photographic series captures some of the tension and jubilation from the 2012 season. From Henson Park to Leichardt Oval and ANZ Stadium a glorious new chapter was written on the field, in the sheds, from the stands and on the hill. In these times of increasing commercialisation and controversy it is a document of “grass root” sport and culture as it struggles to survive.


Mike Magee lived and photographed in Central America before returning to Australia in 2009. He studied for several years at the Australian Centre for Photography while settling in Marrickville where his work has been exhibited and received awards. This is his first participation in the Head On Photo Festival and he is delighted to be accepted as an associated show this year.


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Film, Film, Film….

137 rolls of film, developed & proofed (by hand). 1 lab rat + 1 assistant Bradley Scott. 12 hour day in the dark. Thanks Steve Dupont! I’ll be closing for Christmas next week, the 20th being my last day. Back again on the 6th of January. Cheers!!Film, ya gotta love it

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“More to Come” by Andrea Francolini

An exhibition that will leave you wanting more


“More to come” is an exhibition of colour and hand-printed silver gelatin prints by photographer, Andrea Francolini, that focuses on both personal and professional interests, with one common theme – travel and motion.


In this day and age where we can travel easily at the click of a mouse to book a ticket and the choice of destination is so varied, it’s not the decision to travel that is hard – it’s the decision of where to go and what to see, says Francolini.


“Climate, interest, culture, distance, budget…it’s a dizzying decision. And for a photographer, there are so many additional visual aspects to travel that it’s often a personal photographic project that makes the decision easy,” Andrea Francolini says.


“This exhibition is a selection of my favourite images from various personal portfolios which I’ve been shooting when I’m not working.”


On display is a collection of traditional sports shot around the world such as cockfighting in Pakistan, camel racing in Oman, sumo wrestling in Japan and falconry in the UAE. There’s also the portfolio of sailing – Francolini’s main source of work. It’s a small selection of nautical images. Sailboats, powerboats, super yachts, dinghies…as long as it floats, there’s a good chance Framcolini has photographed it over the past 15 years.

“My body of traditional sports images started simply with an idea to photograph sports which were over a century old. To make the first decision of where to go, I just looked at the world map and tried to narrow down the countries I’ve always wanted to visit, and so I’ve started with Falconry in the UAE, Surf Lifesaving in Australia, Bullfighting in Spain, Camel Racing in Oman and Polo in the mountains of northern Pakistan,” Francolini said.

Little did he know, however, that the first trip to Pakistan would give rise to a charity project that finally kicked off in 2011.
“My First School” is the unexpected result of Francolini’s various trips to Pakistan since 2008 when he first went to shoot a polo tournament high up in the mountains at 4000 metres above sea level.
His second trip to the country was in 2009 when he visited a tiny school in Gilgit-Baltistan (650km north of Islamabad) to meet and photograph a female teacher and found the learning conditions of the children heartbreaking.


No electricity, no desks or furniture, no doors….it was cold and dirty but still it represented hope for these children. And so the idea to try and help that first school was born in Francolini’s mind.
In 2011, he went back, having established the idea for ‘My First School’ which aims to raise funds to improve educational facilities and support education in the remote northern areas of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Since that time, basic school furniture has been made by local carpenters and delivered to nine schools in two years. More is planned for other schools which need support to provide a basic level of education in these remote areas. Francolini plans an annual trip with funds raised throughout the year.


Images from ‘My First School’ are also on display at the exhibition.



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A. Garwood with CyanotypeAnd also last week….. I made a few Cyanotypes for Ash. Her current exhibition, Whisper and Hunters by Ashleigh Garwood is now showing at “Firstdraft” gallery, Sydney. Many thanks also for the kind comments and it’s great to see so many folks interested in the traditional arts of photography. This week I have a Liquid Emulsion workshop on for a HSC student and her family, then an exhibition for Chris Peken and on Friday off to Laguna to lay some brickwork, yea ha. Did I mention digging 10 meters of foundations was not so much fun as say printing a 100 lith prints…..

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“Diggers in the Nam” by Tim Page

A collection of 20 gelatin silver prints from 1965 – 1969.  Prints are from the personal collection of Chris Reid, originally produced in 2012. 

A Limited Edition of 5 box sets


To mark the 50th Anniversary of Australian troops involvement in the Vietnam War


Legendary photographer Tim Page in collaboration with master B&W printer Chris Reid, has produced a limited edition set of 20


Gelatin Silver prints (per box set) to mark the 50th Anniversary of Australian troops arrival and involvement in the Vietnam War.


It’s a war that Tim Page covered from early ’65 – before the American marines had even landed at Da Nang – until April ’69


when a 105mm anti tank mine exploded under the Sgt. in front of him.  He survived, as has his extraordinary body of work taken


during that conflict.Diggers in the Nam


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“White Sheet Series” by Stephen Dupont

White sheet seriesMr Stephen Dupont with his hand stamped prints from the “White Series”. I printed these a year or two back using the Foma choloro-bromide stock (matte finish) with a specialised warmtone developer. Steve always had the intention of using hand made stamps to “finish” the prints, giving each image a very unique result. They are to hang next year in Mebourne. Can’t wait to see them framed and in a gallery.

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