First photo on the internet

First Picture ever Posted on Internet

Even thou it looks like a bad prom or high school reunion picture, this is actually the first picture ever posted on the world wide web! The lovely ladies in the photo were part of a musical group called Les Horrible Cernettes, based at the CERN laboratory in Geneva. The photo was taken during the annual music festival put on by CERN and  tweaked in version one of Photoshop, before being uploaded by Tim Berners-Lee, one of the inventors of the Internet.

Camera Porn: The Making of the Leica M9-P

Last week Leica announced that it was launching a a special edition of its M9 with fashion label Hermès. It will cost an wallet-crushing $25,000 and this video helps explain the high cost.

Old-world craftsmanship, attention to detail and of course pure sex appeal are all part of making Leicas. God do I want one!

Cardboard DIY Hasselblad camera

Cardboard Pinhole Hasselblad Camera

Kelly Angood has created a screen-printed corrugated cardboard Hasselblad designed to function as a pinhole camera and accept 120 film. Looks legit!

He has also developed the same pinhole Hasselblad into a downloadable version that can be printed on any home printer and made using just the print-out and a few household items.
The downloadable pinhole takes 35mm film and takes 12-14 images per roll. Fire up your printer and check his website.


Complete Workflow and Backup of a professional photographer

Seldom do you see a pro photographer sharing his/her secrets with anyone, let alone the entire world! Chris Jarvis is doing just that. He has created an amazing and educational video + blog post detailing how his studio handles backups.

Keep in mind that very few people can afford that setup. Now if only I had his clients, budget etc.

Great job Chris!

Running on Empty: LA without cars.

Inspired by Matt Logue’s Empty LA photography, Ross Ching created a short time lapse video in which he imagines LA where all the cars have disappeared.

How did he do it?

I already know what you’re thinking, so don’t send me an email asking me just yet. The secret all lies in the power of masking. If you take a series of photos of, for example, a freeway, there’s more than likely going to be places where the cars aren’t in the exact same spot.So if you layer 10 or so images over each other in Photoshop, you can edit out all the parts where the cars aren’t. It also helps to take the shot when traffic is really light. After that, you end up with a shot like this.

Space shuttle – Time lapse movie

In this unique time-lapse video created from thousands of individual frames, photographers Scott Andrews, Stan Jirman and Philip Scott Andrews condense six weeks of painstaking work into three minutes, 52 seconds.

All it took was astronaut Alan Poindexter, Scott Andrews, a photographer and technical advisor to Canon, Stan Jirman, a software engineer for Apple and a Canon 5d camera.

old Algeria color photo by Albert Kahn

Color Photographes From A Lost Age

In 1909 the millionaire French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn embarked on an ambitious project to create a colour photographic record of, and for, the peoples of the world. As an idealist and an internationalist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome process, the world’s first user-friendly, true-colour photographic system, to promote cross-cultural peace and understanding.

Kahn used his vast fortune to send a group of intrepid photographers to more than fifty countries around the world, often at crucial junctures in their history, when age-old cultures were on the brink of being changed for ever by war and the march of twentieth-century globalisation. They documented in true colour the collapse of both the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires; the last traditional Celtic villages in Ireland, just a few years before they were demolished; and the soldiers of the First World War — in the trenches, and as they cooked their meals and laundered their uniforms behind the lines. They took the earliest-known colour photographs in countries as far apart as Vietnam and Brazil, Mongolia and Norway, Benin and the United States.

At the start of 1929 Kahn was still one of the richest men in Europe. Later that year the Wall Street Crash reduced his financial empire to rubble and in 1931 he was forced to bring his project to an end. Kahn died in 1940. His legacy, still kept at the Musée Albert-Kahn in the grounds of his estate near Paris, is now considered to be the most important collection of early colour photographs in the world.

Until recently, Kahn’s huge collection of 72,000 autochromes remained relatively unheard of; the vast majority of them unpublished. Now, a century after he launched his Archives of the Planet project, the BBC Book The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn, and the television series it accompanies, are bringing Kahn’s dazzling pictures to a mass audience for the first time and putting colour into what we tend to think of as an entirely monochrome age.

View more photos here:

Worlds Oldest camera

Daguerreotype Giroux worlds oldest camera to auction

The ‘Daguerreotype Giroux’ from 1839. The first commercially-produced camera of the world, that will be sold at the WestLicht Photographica Auction on the 29th of May 2010 in Vienna, Austria. The estimate is 500,000 to 700,000 Euros. The label of the ‘Daguerreotype Giroux’ from 1839 is signed by the inventor Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre to verify its authenticity.

View the auction page here.