Bacterial Photography, By Jeff Tabor IMPRINTS |FALL/WINTER 2010 In 2005, a research group from the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Texas at Austin published a report in Nature describing the engineering of the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) to function as a black and white photographic film. Unlike their virulent cousins, these laboratory bacteria are completely non-pathogenic. Over time, bacterial films have been assigned a variety of monikers ranging from “Coliroids€ to “E.guerrotypes.€ The construction of a living photographic film required two main technological advances. The otherwise blind E. coli first were genetically engineered to see red light and produce a visible black pigment. Second, a ‘bacterial camera’ supporting the growth of the photographic cells [continue reading...]
On my first trip with a digital camera, I planned on using my film camera for most of the trip and the digital to play with. I brought 20 rolls of film with me, ended up buying 20 more rolls, and used the digital sparingly. That ended on that trip. I loved digital, I hated running out of film, and I became hooked on what the digital camera could do right before my eyes, and I am not alone. Some photographers have embraced this change; some have not. With the advent of digital photography, many film manufacturers have cut back or discontinued many kinds of film. But this has not dampened the spirit of many photographers.
When Imprints first started publishing, we promised our readers that articles that had to be edited for space would be included in PWP’s blog so that readers can see the full impact of the article. That being said, this is the first of such articles to be put on the blog in its full iteration. Hope you enjoy it. – The PWP Imprints Committee So You Want To Teach Photography Workshops? by David H. Wells From the September 2009 Imprints issue. A peer asked me how she could make money “teaching photography workshops as a business.€ After picking myself up off the floor from laughing so hard, I gathered my thoughts and reflected on how I started teaching photography. Tracing [continue reading...]