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March 03, 2017

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Film Photography Makes a Comeback

Image: Wen Zeng

The companies that manufacture film - actual camera film - announced growth in the analog film category at CES this year. “We’re seeing film growth of 5% year-on-year globally,” says Giles Branthwaite, the sales and marketing director at Harman. “Our professional film sales have been increasing over the last two or three years,” confirms Dennis Olbrich, president of Kodak Alaris’ imaging, paper, photo chemicals and film division.

According to Time Magazine professional photographers are primarily fueling this growth, thanks to a new generation of practitioners who grew up with digital but have begun dabbling in film, says Olbrich: “They discover the magic of film photography and many of them simply fall in love with it.”

As exciting as that is to hear, it's important to remember the film market peaked in 2003 with 960 million rolls of film. Today it represents roughly 2% of that. Sobering.

Read more at Time Magazine
March 01, 2017

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Photographers Choose Analog over Digital

Image: Chad Moore

Digital photography has features to excite the average iphone owner: ease of use being the most obvious. But jpg files fall short when analog photography offers more than point-and-shoot's simplicity and swipe-left filters. Some of today's up and coming photographers are discovering (note, I didn't say re-discovering) the finicky art of analog photography. Film camera's can be picked up on the cheap through ebay and are gaining in popularity just like letterpress did not so long ago. For me, photography falls into three categories: Digital, Analog and Printed. Each has it's place. Printed photos can come from either digital or analog, but for those with a hankering for some hands-on analog tweaking, nothing beats a good quality analog camera and lens.

Image: Harley Weir

Sleek Mag features five photographers embracing the analog side of photography.

February 27, 2017

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Minnesota Center For Book Arts Open Studio

Interested in book arts? Bookbinding? All things paper? Join the fine folks at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (Minneapolis, MN) on Tuesday, February 28th from 6-9 for an evening of Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding and Papermaking:

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

More at http://www.mnbookarts.org

February 24, 2017

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Camera Repair Never Looked So Beautiful

MASTER OF CAMERA from David Drills on Vimeo.

"Gian Luigi Carminati is a passionate and poetic 76 years old man who spent his entire life repairing cameras. In his small workshop in Milan he takes care of old cameras with just a set of screwdrivers and a lot of patience."

January 30, 2017

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Library of Congress Card Catalog Files


"For decades, elegant card catalogs occupied a central spot in the Library of Congress Main Reading Room. Before computerization, they were as central to the research process as a search engine in the present day. The last old card catalog was deemed obsolete the 1980s and pushed down into the basement, where it remains to this day."

The history of the card catalog begins in Paris during the time of the French Revolution and ends in Dublin, Ohio in the 1970s. The purpose of the card in bibliographic cataloging has not changed during the years as much as the format of the card. The most beautiful cards are those that were handwritten by trained librarians. Handwritten cards were replaced first by typewritten cards, then purchased cards, then online catalogs. Today there are few libraries that still use card catalogs and many young library users do not know what a card catalog was or what it evenlooked like.

Via Atlas Obscura

 

October 27, 2016

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Welcome To Our New Website!


Huzzah! Welcome to the new Rag & Bone Bindery website! We've been working for quite a while to get the site up and running and we're super happy with the results. In addition to a smoother checkout process, you'll also find more product photos, simpler personalization options and new product reviews! We're excited to get the site up and running before the busy holiday season. Look for additional features coming soon: buy more, save more; product videos; wedding registry; and more!

From the technical back-end, our new platform, Shopify, is SOOOO much more elegant and simple to use than our previous platform, which really was a dinosaur compared to the easy-to-use templates and admin pages Shopify offers. I know, I sound like a commercial, but no one is making me say nice things about Shopify, we're just very happy with the change. It's like we opened a new store or moved to a new house. Everything is so fresh and clean! The navigation is similar to the old site so you shouldn't have any issues getting around. We also relaunched our bookish blog (you're reading it!) to keep you up to date on Rag & Bone Bindery and stuff we're interested in other than books.

Shopify is feature-rich and we've scheduled additional shopping options which we'll activate during the holiday season as we get used to the new site.

Please leave a comment and tell us what you think! We can't wait to hear from you - and make new books for you too!

What's new:

• Product Reviews
• New Product Photos
• Simpler Checkout Process
• "Shop All Products" page
• Order Process Email Notifications
• Prettier Site

 

October 22, 2016

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Hereford Cathedral Chained Library

If you're like me, your first thought on seeing these chained books was the restricted section of Hogwarts library. Especially the scene when Hermione helps Harry prepare for the Triwizard Tournament and notes the only reason Cho is interested in him is because Cho thinks Harry is the chosen one. "But I am," Harry replies. I was curious about the filming location and here is what I found:

"Hogwarts library and infirmary: Oxford University's famous Bodleian Library starred in 3 of the Harry Potter films. The medieval Duke Humfrey's Library was used as the Hogwarts library and the elaborate fan-vaulted Divinity School became Hogwart's infirmary."

So there you go. While not appearing in any of the Harry Potter films, the Hereford Cathedral Chained Library is nonetheless an medieval relic from times when security took a more brutish turn. Locking up books may seem medieval now (see what I did there?) it was top notch security at the time.

"A chain is attached at one end to the front cover of each book; the other end is slotted on to a rod running along the bottom of each shelf. The system allows a book to be taken from the shelf and read at the desk, but not to be removed from the bookcase. The books are shelved with their foredges, rather than their spines, facing the reader (the wrong way round to us); this allows the book to be lifted down and opened without needing to be turned around – thus avoiding tangling the chain."

Read more at http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hereford-cathedral-chained-library