Tag Archives: photography

Vik Muniz Retrospective at High Museum

By guest contributor Karen Rothstein.

Now on exhibit until August 21, 2016 at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, is a retrospective including more than 100 photographs by the Brazilian born mixed media artist Vik Muniz.

He has such a warm and enthusiastic manner. At the media preview, he expressed his overwhelming joy at seeing museum-goers actually taking close-up notice of all the unorthodox materials he used to create his artworks. Even the youngest child can find something in his work that brings them pleasure and perhaps engages them into taking an interest in the world of Art.

Photo Feb 24, 11 14 11 AM

The writer, Karen Rothstein with artist Muniz in front of his Self-Portrait: “I Am Too Sad to Tell You”, after Bas Jan Ader, from the “Rebus” series.

Muniz is known for trying to create a sense of wonder and intrigue within his photography. The way he creates each piece is unique, adding a plethora of unconventional items in the process of making each finished photograph. These things that you might be familiar with in their proper place, will all come as a surprise in his art. Things such as: tiny childhood toys, garbage, torn pieces of magazines, diamonds, food of all sorts, etc…. It is easy to see the artist has a playful sense of humor. The different textures and sizes of his working canvasses make each finished photograph very unique. For example, one project included large-scale drawings made by bulldozers on a construction site, while other images were made by assembling small pieces of garbage or tiny toys and then photographing them from above, to reveal the intended scene that he pictured in his head before it all started. Be sure to watch the video in the gallery, showing how he created “Mother and Child” from the “Pictures of Garbage” series.

Vik Muniz – Mother and Child  (Suellen)  from “Pictures of Garbage” series.

Muniz often makes several works in a series, using similar materials to explore a common theme, materials that often trigger the viewer’s memory, recalling another time and place.

001Double MonaLisa3008X10o4

Vik Muniz – “Double Mona Lisa” (Peanut Butter and Jelly) from “After Warhol” series.

Vik Muniz – “Saturn devouring one of his sons” after Goya, from “Pictures of Junk Series.”

Vik Muniz – “Vik, 2 Years Old,”  from Pictures of Album series (representing one of the few pictures from his childhood)

Before moving to New York as a young man, Muniz was brought up in a working class family in Brazil while the country was under a strong military regime. People couldn’t speak their mind and times were hard. To this day he stands up for the underdog and addresses issues of social justice, and several of the works on display express the depth of his feelings.


Muniz Stinney

Vik Muniz – “George Stinney, Jr.” from “Pictures of Album” series  (Stinney was convicted at a flawed trial in 1944 at the age of 14 in South Carolina.)


Vik Muniz – Six children from the “Sugar Children” series (Children from sugar plantation workers who played in the sand on the Island of St. Kitts).

Muniz really loves to use all different textures and is intrigued with color pigmentation as seen in his wonderful rendering of Gauguin’s “Day of the Gods”. Look close, the colors and textures comes to life.

Vik Muniz – “Mahana No Atua” (Day of the Gods), after Gauguin, from “Pictures of Pigment” series.

Muniz is primarily working in series these days, but he started out in the 80’s doing sculpture. A fine example is on display, be sure to few his Mnemonic Vehicle (Ferrari Berlinetta) a composite of polyurethane, plexiglass and aluminum, portraying a nearly life-size Ferrari automobile as a massive matchbox car.

The Artist is a true master of creativity and composition, his work has been on display the world over. He currently works in  New York City and Rio de Janeiro.

This exhibit is a wonderful one and will make for great discussion with family and friends in days to follow.

Vik Muniz – A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series.

The Vik Muniz exhibition runs through August 21, 2016 at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Visit www.high.org for more info.


Big BOGO Film Sale This Weekend

Big BOGO Film Sale This Weekend

Hello film lovers! As you may know, I’ve just relocated to Clearwater, Florida.
And I’m finally ready to get back to full capacity.
I have at least three new 35mm films I’ll be introducing in the coming months, but this weekend, I’m offering ONE FREE ROLL of FILM with every item purchased!!
So: Order a three pack, get one roll free.
Order a two pack, get one roll free.
Order one roll, get one roll free!!!
Order one packet of our Caffenol Concoction Natural Alternative Developer, get one roll of film free!

We have some of the most intriguing films available including :

Labeauratoire’s BLACKOUT, Kodak High Contrast HCP 5369, Hawkeye Surveillance Film, VariCath Cineradiography Film, ORWO Color NC3, ORWO PC7, Eastman Plus-X 5231 Cinematic, Lucky 200 Aerial Chinese Spy Film, Polypan F 50 Professional, Ilford Mark V, ORWO NP55, ORWOPAN , Velvia RVM 8540, Eastman Ektachrome 7239,  Labeauratoire’s Phoenix Red-Scale, Eastman Double-X 5222 , Kodak Kodalith, Eastman High Contrast SO-331, Tura Pan Line Film (AKA Bluefire Police), Svema MZ-3, Eastman 5360DMP, Kodak Rapid Process Copy Film, ORWO UN54, Ferrania FG200, Ferrania, Perutz Perpantic, AGFA Agfachrome CRD, ORWO NP 7 400, Eastman FGSR5375 Fine Grain, Kodak Aerecon II 3404, Kodak REPRO 2566, MACO UP 400 plus, Imation Scotch Color HP 100, VALCA grano fino Cine, Polaroid HD 200 Def 1, Cinerad FT419X, Kodak Ektachrome 64T EPY, Kodak Ektacolor Pro Gold 160, Gevaert Copex Pan Rapid, Kodak Holographic SO-253
And More to come soon!!!
I’ll be selecting the free rolls based on what I have available.
They will be either 12 or 20 exposure rolls. (depending on how much you order)
Offer expires Monday Morning, so get your orders in soon and I’ll get to rolling and packing them. You might even be able to save a bit on combined shipping if you simply eMail me with your order and I can send you the PayPal invoice.
Mention code: BOGO215 with your order.
I don’t put direct commerce links on WordPress, but you know how to find “Labeauratoire”.
Hope you have a good weekend, and as always…
Happy Shooting!
~ Lance

Butcher Brings Majestic Everglades to Coconut Grove

Acclaimed large-format nature photographer Clyde Butcher will be opening a new gallery in Coconut Grove, Miami this February.

The prolific photographer is set to attend the grand opening of his new “Everglades Gallery,” located at 2994 McFarlane Road on Friday, February, 13, (a great Valentine’s Day date.) Butcher will also be on hand at an invitation-only V.I.P. event on Tuesday evening, January 13, to give a keynote presentation at 8pm.

The new gallery apparently opened its doors for a while during the holidays, as reported in this Coconut Grove Grapevine Article:


The Clyde Butcher Facebook Page also posted some pictures of the gallery set-up in progress:


Butcher’s majestic black and white photographs are surely among the most moving representations of Florida’s vanishing wilderness you’ll ever see.  As I stated before in my review of his “Preserving Eden” exhibition, Butcher is one of the greatest American landscape photographers and clearly one of the hardest-working men in the business.

This Coconut Grove “Everglades Gallery” joins Butcher’s other two venues, the “Big Cypress Gallery” in Ochopee, and “The Venice Gallery & Studio” just south of Sarasota, which also houses his 2000 sq. ft. darkroom.

So take note Miami, you now have no excuse not to go see the work of this living legend for yourself.

Labeauratoire headed to Miami ArtWeek 2014

Labeauratoire is headed to Miami Beach for Art Week 2014.

Be sure to follow @lancephoto on Twitter for some live updates.

We’ll be covering several of the major art fairs including (but not limited to) Art Basil Miami Beach, Context Art Miami, and the SCOPE Miami Beach fair.

There are a few artists we’re excited to see on this trip. I’ve been following Jane Maxwell online for several years and am looking forward to  finally seeing her work in person at CONTEXT Art Miami.

New Sculptures @ Context Art Miami: December 2-7 | Caldwell Snyder Booth E41.

Jane Maxwell – New Sculptures @ Context Art Miami: December 2-7 | Caldwell Snyder Booth E41.

“The exhibitions and programs at CONTEXT will be even bigger and more impressive than in previous years,” said CONTEXT Director Julian Navarro. “In addition to showcasing a solid group of international galleries, CONTEXT is unique in that it will feature a series of solo artist projects, curated spaces, unique programming, conversations and events – all aimed to immerse and entertain our attendees.”


We caught a great Street Art show at a little gallery in Belgium back in 2012 where the work of EVOL really caught the eye. Here’s a new piece by this innovative artist. We’re hoping to view it at SCOPE.


EVOL, Summer TV Classic, 2014 Spray paint on cardboard Courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Gallery

“Celebrating its 14th year of introducing galleries to the contemporary market, SCOPE returns to its location on the sands of Miami Beach with 126 International Exhibitors from 27 countries and 48 cities. “

Also at SCOPE we’ll be looking for the Heineken house…

“The Heineken House is a multi-sensory experience, featuring a Live Art Pyramid as the core. Standing over 35ft tall, the pyramid features 12 massive live art walls to be hand-painted live during SCOPE Miami Beach. The interior features a covered bar serving ice cold Heineken, while the exterior provides seating for patrons to witness the transformation of this multifunctional installation.”

Here we hope to see the collage artist Derek Gores working live on sight in the Pyramid.  I recently encountered Gores at his gallery in Melbourne, Florida, and he’s also having an exhibition with Thinkspace Gallery at the Aqua Art Miami show.

“Aqua Art Miami opens Wednesday in perhaps my biggest show yet, and new directions shown for the first time. If you can’t make it in person, request a collection preview by writing contact (at) thinkspacegallery (dot) com … Here we go Miami ~ #aquaartmiami #thinkspacegallery “


And of course we’ll be spending time at the massive ArtBasil Fair.

© Courtesy of Art Basel

Art Basel takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).
Over 500,000 square feet of exhibition space host the Galleries, Nova, Positions, Edition, Kabinett and Magazines sectors, as well as Conversations and Salon. Public artworks are shown nearby at Collins Park, while Film is presented across two venues, inside the MBCC and in the outdoor setting of Sound Scape Park. – In 2013 the show attracted an attendance of 75,0000 over the five show days.”

Art Basel is sure to be a magnificent event and just as surely waaaayyy too much to see in the one day we’ll be there. So here’s just a short glance of some of the galleries we hope to catch there:

Acquavella Galleries, Gallerie 1900-2000, Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, & White Cube.

If you’re headed down to Miami as well, be sure to look for the ArtBasil APP for your devise. It’s a killer!


Be sure to follow @lancephoto on Twitter for some live updates, if I’m not too busy on the beach 😉

Achtung! FOTOIMPEX becomes German distributor for Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction

Achtung! FOTOIMPEX becomes German distributor for Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction. 

FOTOIMPEX wird deutscher Distributor für die Labeauratoire “Caffenol Concoction”.

Labeauratoire's Caffenol Concoction

Now you can get our wonderful Caffenol Concoction alternative B&W film developer from our German Distributor FOTOIMPEX!

(Jetzt können Sie unsere wunderbare Caffenol Concoctiona alternative Schwarz & Weiß film-Entwickler aus unseren deutschen Distributor FOTOIMPEX erhalten!)

Please visit their website here: http://www.fotoimpex.de/shopen/chemistry/caffenol-concoction-600ml.html

DEVELOPER: Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction. CAMERA: Diana Mini Premier Cru (24×24) FILM: Kodak Aerecon II 3404 (expired 10/1998)

Yes, it’s true! You can develop B&W film with a careful combination of natural, household substances. Our not-so-secret recipe contains a special blend of different bottom-shelf instant coffees, washing powder, vitamin c powder, and natural sea salt. Labeauratoire’s new Caffenol Concoction has been refined over years of experimentation and tested on dozens of different films with spectacularly unique results! Now we’re making it available for you to try yourself!

Frame #6 St. Oberholz café in Berlin. DEVELOPER: Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction – CAMERA: Vredeborch Felica (1955) – FILM: ORWO NP22 ISO 125 (expired 11/1991)

The concept of “caffenol” is not new. It’s been around for quite a while now and there are many different recipes out there. You might even want to try making your own. But if you’d like to use our tried & tested formula, I’ve carefully measured and packaged the perfect amount for your 600ml developing tank.

Each packet comes with complete instructions for developing your own film at home. (Or you can read directions on our website here.) Our Caffenol Concoction may not be the finest quality film developer you can buy. But many people are enjoying the quirky results from this natural, alternative process.

You can see hundreds of example photos from film developed in our Caffenol Concoction here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lancephoto/sets/72157638163881545

And here is a list of just some of the other film’s I have developed successfully using this method:

Und hier ist eine Liste von nur einigen der anderen Films habe ich erfolgreich mit dieser Methode entwickelt:

Ilford HP5, Ilford Mark V, Ilford 3200 Pro, PolyPan F, Bergger BRF-200 , Fuji NeoPan 400, Kodak Panatomic-X, Kodak T-Max 400, Kodak T-Max 3200, Kodak Tri-x, Kodak Plus-X, Kodak Kodalith, Eastman Double-X, Eastman High Contrast Pan 5369, Eastman Super-XX Nitrate Film, Eastman FGSR5375 Fine Grain Movie Film, Eastman High Contrast SO-331, Tasma 64, ORWO NP30, ORWO NP20, ORWO NP22, ORWO NP55, ORWO NP27, ORWO Pan 100, ORWO Pan 400, ORWO MA8, ORWO PC7, ORWO N74, ORWO UN54, AGFA Pan 25, AGFA APX 400, Forte Pan 400, Lucky SHD 400, Perutz Perpantic 17, Macophot 400, Vari-X VariCath, FomaPan 200, FomaPan T800, Gevaert Copex,

and most excitingly, Labeauratoire’s own BLACKOUT B&W Transparency Film – see this photo below.


BLACKOUT B&W Transparency film developed in Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction.

YES!!! – You can have naturally sepia-tinted B&W Slides! Using our BLACKOUT Super Slow, Ultra High Contrast Transparency Film with our Caffenol Concoction, you’ll get a rich brown tone without any digital kung-fu. It’s like Scala and Kodalith had a baby and called it BLACKOUT!  You can see more examples from this unique film here:http://www.labeauratoire.com/film/blackout/blackout.html

http: //www.labeauratoire.com/film/blackout/blackout.html

*You can also use our Caffenol Concoction as a paper developer.

* Sie können auch Fotopapier entwickeln mit unseren Caffenol Concoction.

Printed in the darkroom with our Caffenol Concoction.

CLICK HERE to see tips on developing paper.

KLICKEN SIE HIER um Informationen über die Entwicklung Papier sehen.

Anyway, I know you’ll enjoy experimenting with this exciting developer. Please let me know if you have any questions.

I’m “LANCEPHOTO” on Flickr or you can eMail me LANCE [at] LANCEPHOTO.COM

Und vergessen Sie nicht! Hetzt Deutsch-Kunden können sie schneller erhalten Sie bei:

click their logo above to visit their site, or go to:


Happy Shooting!!



Please do not duplicate without permission.

Introducing TWELVE New Films available at Labeauratoire!!!!


Introducing TWELVE New Films available at Labeauratoire!!!!


Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 8.19.48 PM

I’ve been hard at work preparing twelve new (to us) films for your experimenting pleasure! AND I’ve also got three of our old favorites back in stock! Scroll all the way down for a preview of all these exciting films.


Here’s a quick rundown of all we’ve added:

Valca Grano Fino Positiva: A very rare cinematic B&W film manufactured in Spain! See my full report on this intriguing film here.

Valca GFP film shot in 2014


Kodak Aerecon II 35mm Aerial Reconnaissance Film With extended red sensitivity!

Kodak Aerecon II


Imation Scotch Color HP 100 – A wonderful film from the old Ferrania / Imation factory in Weatherford, Oklahoma.

Imation Scotch Color HP100


Kodak Holographic SO-253: A rare and unique B&W, high contrast scientific film with an odd spectral sensitivity. Also available in 100ft bulk rolls!

Kodak Holographic SO-253


Kodak Ektachrome 64T: A Fine Grain E6 Color Slide film balanced for tungsten lighting. Makes cool images in daylight! Also try cross-processing or using a filter.

Kodak Ektachrome 64T


FT419X Pan Cinerad Film: A mysterious ISO 40 B&W Cine-Radiography Film giving great results!

FT419X Pan Cinerad Film


Ektacolor Pro Gold 160 GPX : A rarely seen 35mm C-41 Professional Color Print Film with a vibrant color palate.

Kodak Ektacolor Pro Gold 160 GPX


MACO UP 400 plus: A cool German Import available in 12 exposure rolls. Perfect for B&W experimentation!

MACO UP 400 plus


Kodak REPRO 2566: An Orthochromatic B&W Reproduction Negative Film. Ultra-High Contrast / Estar Thin Base.

Kodak REPRO 2566


Gevaert Copex Pan Rapid Tri 13:  The original Belgian 35mm B&W Perforated Microfilm.

Gevaert Copex Pan Rapid Tri 13


Polaroid High Definition 200 Def 1: Your favorite brand in a different flavor! A great color film for your 35mm camera.

Polaroid High Definition 200 Def1


Agfachrome CRD: An E6 color daylight duplicating film with an ISo of 12.

Agfachrome CRD


And here are some old favorites we have Back in Stock!


Kodalith! An original and popular, high contrast, orthographic film.  Great for Fashion shoots!



Lucky 200 Aerial Chinese Spy Film: A vintage, distressed, aerial B&W film from Chinese military surplus.

Lucky 200 Aerial Chinese Spy Film

and finally….

Kodak RPC: The Rapid Process Copy Film that produces Black & White Transparencies with high concentrate B&W developer.

Kodak RPC

You know where to find us! Just look for “Labeauratoire” for all this new and exciting film! (Since WordPress isn’t the place for commerce.)

Hope you enjoyed this quick look at our new films. There’s plenty more info and examples on our Labeauratoire  site.

Happy Shooting!

~ Lance

Ay Dios Mio! it’s Valca film from Spain @ Labeauratoire

Valca Cans 2s

A great contact of mine in Spain recently alerted me to a truly unique find at an old photo shop in his area. Two cans of an old film called “VALCA Pelicula-Cine Grano Fino Positiva” I’ve tested it and found that it has survived the years, and can still be used in traditional B&W photography. This prompted me to do some very long and obsessive research on this little-known film company. So, before making some of this unique film available in the Labeauratoire shop, I wanted to share the intriguing results from my exhaustive quest. At a time when the re-birth of the Italian “Ferrania” film factory is in on everyone’s mind, it’s a bit depressing to read about one that didn’t make it, and to think about “what could have been…”


photo by Alfonso Batalla

Please check out this magnificent Urbex-style photography of the abandoned Valca factory by Alfonso Batalla.


The Valca brand has a fairly long reputation in Spain, but most of us outside the Iberian Peninsula have never heard of it. It seems Valca Film was much-loved from what I can gather in the numerous archived Spanish reports about the factory’s unfortunate demise in 1993.

The name “Valca” is a tribute to the area where the factory came to be built, by combining letters from the Valle de Mena (Mena Valley) and the Rio Cadagua (Cadagua River) which runs through it.  Four Basque families, (Basterra, Delclaux, Oriol and Torrontegui) took their knowledge from the chemical industry in Bilbao in the 1940s, and searched for a location to build a film factory. Production methods at the time required a steady source of clean water, who’s temperature would remain basically constant all year-round. The town of Sopeñano and the banks of the Cadagua River fit the bill perfectly, and the workers of the area certainly welcomed the jobs.

During the mid-century decades, they grew in production of black & white negative film and x-ray materials, providing Spanish photographers with an affordable option to imported films. The company achieved a modicum of success and, at times, employed as many as 270 people in the 40,000 square-meter facility. By the 1990s, their x-ray films were being exported all over Europe and even to hospitals in the USA, exporting accounted for 65% of their production.


Photo by Lance Aram Rothstein, shot on this Valca film in October 2014.

Surprisingly, this is one film company who can’t blame their closure on the digital death-knell. According to some accounts, Valca’s ultimate demise was due entirely to the shareholders and mismanagement of their bankruptcy and reorganization which started in 1991.  Re-structuring can be a good thing for some companies, as we have seen with Ilford, AGFA, and (as yet to be proven,) Kodak. But it seems that the law firms and government agencies involved in this shuffle were not terribly interested in seeing Valca re-emerge to compete in the international market. There have even been rumors that government negativity toward their Basque heritage may have played a part in the downfall. Regardless, by January 1992 Valca’s bankruptcy entailed liabilities of 2,500 million pesetas (or about 15 million Euros) due to more than 600 creditors.

No matter what their intricate, financial problems were, it seems that “lack of demand” was not an issue, and their orders were as strong as ever when they were finally forced closed their doors in 1993, a good ten years before digital SLR cameras became affordable. While this was terrible news for fans of photographic film, it was much worse for the local community. After four decades, Valca had not only built a company, they had formed an extended working family in the Mena Valley and as the scores of employees walked out of the factory gates for the last time, the unemployment rate in the valley rose from 8% to 30%.

According to a 1993 Spanish newspaper report by Sara García Calle in El País:

On Friday, July 2 (1993,) as Inmaculada Arnaiz, 43, was collecting her belongings after 19 years at her administrative position at Valca, the FAX machine was busy spitting out a new order for Valca x-ray film from a medical association in Switzerland. (paraphrased from the Spanish text.)

After an extensive search, I’ve finally pinpointed the location and you can now check-out this Google Street View Map where you can still clearly see the “VALCA” logos on the bottom of the rusted entry gates just steps from the emerald waters of the Cadagua river.


Screen-grab from Google, click the photo to visit via Street View.


It’s not easy to find information on this film, but here are some of the emulsions I have seen in my search around the interwebs.

Many of the later packaging elements are very similar to Ilford branding, and I have heard there was also an Ilford factory in Spain so there may be some connection there.

Valca Sheet Film Autographica – Panchromatica Antihalo
Valca Sheet Film Retrato V Orthochromatic
Valca Sheet Film Retrato VV Panchromatic
Valca Sheet Film Retrato ES Panchromatic
Valca Diapositiva Dura
Valca Cine-Film Fine Grain Positive
Valca HH 27 – ASA 400
Valca HH 29 – ASA 400 (sheet film, 35mm, 120)
Valca F 22 – ASA 125 (sheet film 9×12 cm, 35mm, 120, 620 & 126)
Valcolor 100 – (35mm & 126)
Valcolor II – (35mm, 126, 120, 110)

They also made photographic paper:

Valca B.N. -11 Broval
Valca B.N. -112 Broval
Valca B.N. -118 Broval
Valca Broval RC 111
Valca Valex Contact Paper
Valca Vival Rapido Paper

Here’s a sneek-preview of the photographic results from this rare film, and the labels I’ve made for the rolls, which are available in our Labeauratoire Shop.


While it is technically called a “fine grain positive cine-film,” it is really just a negative film designed for making positives from original movie negatives. So it gives you regular negatives when developed in B&W film developer. Of course it has gained a bit of base fog from the age and some grain as well. These examples were developed in our own Labeautoire’s Caffenol Concoction for about 15 minutes at 20°c. They were shot with my Robot Royal 24×24 camera which gives square images on 35mm film.

Below are a few links which I found particularly useful and interesting while compiling this article. Of course all these events happened more than 20 years ago, and are mostly documented in a language in which I am not fluent, so virtually everything I’ve written is paraphrased from loosely-translated Spanish reports, and I must credit the original journalists and thank them for their efforts.

Magnificent Urbex-style photography of the abandoned factory by Alfonso Batalla.

Valca: dos décadas de película… velada.”  by J.C.R. – May 7, 2013 – Article in El Correo del Burgos

El valle de Valca.” by Sara García Calle – July 7, 1993 – article in El País

La triste historia de Valca, una historia española que terminó mal.” – 7/7/2013 – from EFE Futuro,with great historic video from the blog of Txema Ruiz.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this exhaustive report. Feel free to look-up our Valca Film page in our Labeauratoire Online Film Shop if you’d like to try some of this rare film, as WordPress is not the place for commerce links.

Adios! And Happy Shooting!

Lance Aram Rothstein 10/2014