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Thursday, August 19th, 2021

News: Amazing Steve McCurry Exhibition and a Waterhouse Stop Database

In this video I show you guys an exhibition that is a must see when you are in Austria. I am talking about the Steve McCurry exhibition in Graz www.stevemccurrygraz.com. This is one of the most amazing experiences I had in an exhibition like that. Huge (up to 4x6Meters and 133 of them) portraits of Steve McCurry that are all backlit. These backlit portraits are the only light source in the room. Just some more numbers so you guys get a better idea: 1100m2 portraits in a 2200m2 room! This just looks amazing. Find more details and see some great drone footage from the exhibition in my video.

Mr. McCurry’s work inspired me many years ago and that was the reason why I started with portrait photography. He gave an artist talk in Graz and afterwards he signed books and spent some time with everybody. He is such a nice and friendly human beeing.

As you can imagine, for me it was very cool to see him in person for the first time. And I couldn’t resist to take a selfie with him 🙂

At this point also a big thanks to www.atelierjungwirth.com for bringing such an amazing exhibition and the artist talk to life and letting me use the drone video.

And there are more great news: If somebody of you guys are missing Waterhouse stops, then I am here to help. I created a Waterhouse stop database that can help lots of people http://waterhousestops.mhaustria.com. To make this happen, it would be great if anybody who has existing Waterhouse stops would scan them, measure them and upload all the information. I will bring everything in a usable format and publish it on the website. So if someone is looking for a Waterhousstop, he can go there, print the stops on cardboard and use them. Or if you want to have them 3d printed, just contact me here https://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/
Thanks to Christian Klant for coming up with the idea. Now enjoy the video guys!

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Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

Inspired – Borut Peterlin – photographer and wet plate artist

Borut’s work is very inspiring, he works with so much passion on his beautiful artworks. His documentations on his Youtube Channel are artworks by themselves. No wonder he was on my list for the inspired project. And most people don’t know, he has Ninja reflexes too – he bought my 3B lens mid air when it was on its way down to the ground. Thanks a lot for that Borut! His blog: https://borutpeterlin.wordpress.com and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCjjZ-Qc43dF7xHBC92MAuA

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For online wet plate workshops, visit this http://online.mhaustria.com

For private wetplate workshops (Nassplattenworkshop contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/ (German and English available)

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Thursday, July 15th, 2021

The First Analog Photography Festival After The Pandemic

This was such a great experience! It was not only great to meet people again at the Camera Obscura Festival, but it was also awesome to meet artists that are interested in an analog workflow. Another great thing is, that this festival is not an exclusive “wet plate event” it is also for people who work with the analog medium in any way. That was so cool, with this option you will experience things you may not have seen before. Like Large Format Cameras build from Legos. It was so nice to meet all of you guys finally in person another big thanks to Stefan, Christian and Denis for organising this great event! If you want to be notified for the next Camera Obscura Festival, register here: http://cof.mhaustria.com

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

Inspired

Today I want to inspire you with amazing people in front and behind my camera with my new collodion wet plate portrait project “inspired”. This project will be published in a book, register here to get the latest news about it inspired.mhaustria.com.

It all started with a Dallmeyer 3B Petzval lens, my dream lens that finally found the way to me. Denis of wetplatedreams.com found it for me. The condition is amazing. So is also the date from when it was made – it’s from 1876.

Denis is such a passionate person with a lot of knowledge when it comes to historic lenses and cameras.

wetplatedreams

And then there is Andreas – his passion is the building process of lens caps. It’s like he is meditating during the process of making one of his beauties. Unthinkable these days that somebody works 5+ hour on a lens cap, but he does. You can see in the video how beautiful one of his outcomes is.

Andreas

There were also lots of other people involved who made my inspired portrait project possible. Like Mr. Dallmeyer or Mr. Petzval. More about these gentlemen in my video.

Now I want to talk about the people that were in front of my camera. 
One of them is Michael White – a former Producer/Director/Author.
His historical documentary – Azorian The Raising of the K-129 has received international praise and has been shown by Networks in the US, Europe, Australasia, Asia.
Also his Book over the same story – Project Azorian the CIA and the Raising of the K-129 received positive critics in the US and worldwide. 
He worked as special effects technician in his earlier career on many well known movies, like Superman the Movie, Flash Gordon, The Pink Panther, The Never Ending Story Enemy Mine, for name a few. 
For more information on Michael White visit www.white.at.

Another person that inspires me with his work is the tattoo artist Manuel Soultan. His tattoos look like vivid three dimensional photographs. He designs every artwork by himself to create a one of a kind tattoo. You can check out his work on his website http://www.msctattoos.at or on his instagram: https://www.instagram.com/manuelsoultantattoos/

This is just the beginning of the project. You can find already much more amazing people on inspired.mhaustria.com

If you want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art

For private wetplate workshops contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/
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Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Wet Plate Talk and Menschenbilder Exhibition in Judenburg

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Letzte Woche war ich bei der tollen Menschenbildereröffnung in Judenburg dabei. Außerdem hielt ich gleich zwei Vorträge über den Kollodium-Nassplattenprozess und über meine Herangehensweise beim Porträtieren mit diesem historischen Verfahren im Murtal Museum. Dabei hatte ich viel Spaß und lernte auch viele tolle Menschen kennen. Judenburg ist immer einen Besuch wert, neben den Menschenbildern und dem Museum gibt es auch noch das schöne Puchmuseum und den beeindruckenden Sternenturm zu sehen. Danke an Heinz Mitteregger, Karoline Straner und Philipp Odelga für die Fotos von mir. Zusätzlich nochmal Danke für die Einladung!

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English version

Last week I was at the amazing Human Pictures (Menschenbilder) exhibition in Judenburg . Additionally I had two talks about the collodion wet plate process and how I approach my portraits with this technique in the Murtal Museum. I had so much fun there and met so many great people. If you are in Austria, you will like you visit in Judenburg, Beside the Museum and the current exhibition, you can visit the Puchmuseum and the planetarium Sternenturm. Thanks a lot to Heinz Mitteregger, Karoline Straner and Philipp Odelga for the photographs of myself. Also thanks a lot for the invitation.

For private wetplate workshops contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/
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Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Tribute to Borut (Peterlin) and a wet plate workshop with Michael and Philip



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Bei meinem letzten Kollodium Nassplattenworkshop haben wir eine “Tribute to Borut” Nassplatte erstellt und sonst gab es auch viel Spaß.
Mehr dazu im Video und in der Gallery. Um einen Nassplattenworkshop zu buchen, kontaktiert mich hier: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/



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English version

During my recent collodion wet plate workshop we did a “Tribute to Borut” wet plate. You can see in the video and gallery that we had lots of fun during the workshop and also when we made the tribute plate.
Contact me here for a workshop: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/



For private wetplate workshops contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/
Or book other ones here http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

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If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
 

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Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Martin Bailey podcast interview

I was interviewed by Martin Bailey Photography to be part of his podcast about the United Art Gallery and my work. You can find the full episode here: https://mbp.ac/715
Very honored to be on his show.

 

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

Behind the United Art Gallery with analog photographer Nella Aguessy

In this video-podcast I’m talking with the Nella Aguessy an analog photographer from Berlin about her photography and also about her powerful “we can’t breathe” project



Thanks a lot for being part of this!


Nella Aguessy
Website: https://www.bigmotha.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigmotha/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bigmotha-292966801056880/


Visit our Gallery here: https://unitedart.gallery/ Are you working yourself on an art project (photo or painting) with a distinct connection to the equal rights or the coronavirus topic? Then you can submit your image here:https://unitedart.gallery/pages/be-a-part-of-it/



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Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

My Wet Plate Portrait of Paul at the Menschenbilder 2020 exhibition

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Ich bin wieder sehr stolz, dass ich es auch dieses Jahr mit einem Porträt auf Kollodium-Nassplatte zu den Menschenbildern geschafft habe. Ein so ehrlich lachendes Porträt auf Kollodium-Nassplatte zu erstellen ist eine Herausforderung, dennoch ist es mir gelungen. Deshalb ist die Freude um so größer, dass es das Porträt von Paul zu den Menschenbildern geschafft hat. An dieser Stelle möchte ich mich sehr herzlich bei der Innung der Niederösterreichischen Berufsfotografen für Organisation der Menschenbilder bedanken.

Mein Model ist gewachsen 🙂

Termine der Menschenbilderausstellung:
17. Juli 2020 – St. Pölten
16. September 2020 – Neunkirchen
16. April 2021 – Stockerau
4. Juni 2021 – Armschlag


In der Gallery findet ihr mehr Bilder von der tollen Ausstellung

Nächste Nassplattenworkshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

Fine Art Shop: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/
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English version

I am very proud that my collodion wet plate portrait of Paul made it again to the Menschenbilder exhibition (pictures of humans exhibition)
As many of you may know, it is very tough to do a collodion wet plate with this hones happy expression. This makes it double sweet to see it in that large size. This is only possible because of our professional photography association – Thanks a lot for organizing such great contests/exhibitions!

my model got taller than me 🙂

upcoming dates and locations for the exhibition:
17. Juli 2020 – St. Pölten
16. September 2020 – Neunkirchen
16. April 2021 – Stockerau
4. Juni 2021 – Armschlag


In der Gallery findet ihr mehr Bilder von der tollen Ausstellung

For private wetplate workshops contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/
Or book other ones here http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

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Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Shooting A Wetplate Portrait of a Medieval Knight Sword Fighter



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Unterhalb des Videos findet ihr Erklärungen zum Shooting



Ein originelles Porträt von einem mittelalterlichen Schwertkämpfer (Staatsmeister) war gefragt. Ein Ritter in Rüstung samt seiner Hieb- und Stichwaffe auf Kollodium-Nassplatte ablichten ist der Plan. Da eine Rüstung “farblos” ist – also nur die Farben wiedergibt die diese reflektiert, war das erste Porträt draussen geplant. In meinen Garten gibt es genug Reflektionen. Leider hat uns das Wetter kurzfristig einen Strich durch die Rechnung gemacht, da auf einmal ein Unwetter aufzog.

Somit habe ich einen Hensel Integra 1000W Kompaktblitz als Aufheller aufgestellt. Außerdem sorgte der Blitz auch für ein schönes Catchlight.

Diese klassische Pose gefiel mir sehr gut, da ich so den spannenden Helm und das Schwert mit ins Porträt bekommen habe, ohne das Gesicht zu verdecken. Einen etwas helleren Hintergrund hätte ich noch gerne gehabt, aber da spielte das Wetter nicht mehr mit – Kaum waren wir fertig, fing es schon an zu regnen. Bei diesen Bild könnt ihr gut erkennen, wie die Linien direkt auf den Ritter hinzeigen. Ich versuche sehr oft solche Elemente in meine Bildkomposition einzubauen:

18x24cm Kollodium Nassplatte, Century Reisekamera, Dallmeyer 2b Petzvalobjektiv

Im Studio lichteten wir ein zweites Porträt mit aufgesetzten Helm ab.
Hierbei verwendete ich ein klassisches Clamshell Licht mit einer sehr nahen Softbox (Hensel Grand Mini 85) samt Reflektor um genug reflektieren in der Rüstung zu schaffen. Außerdem bekam ich mit diesem Setup genug Licht unter dem Helm um die Augen auszuleuchten.

Reflektor, Hensel Grand Mini, Hensel EH Pro 6000 Blitzkopf, Hensel Tria 6000S Generator

Bei solchen nahen Porträts ist die Schärfentiefe sehr gering, da das Dallmeyer 2b Petzval Objektiv sehr lichtstark ist (220mm F3)

Mit dem Ergebnis war ich sehr zufrieden. Ich habe die Platte wieder ein kleinwenig unterbelichtet um etwas härtere Kontraste zu erzeugen. Somit entstand ein sehr ausdrucksstarkes Porträt.

18x24cm Kollodium Nassplatte, Century Reisekamera, Dallmeyer 2b Petzvalobjektiv

Ich habe schon viele Portraits von Soldaten gesehen, die erschöpft von einer Schlacht kommen. Ein Porträt in dieser Art sollte es werden. Ein Ritter der von einer Schlacht kommt. Die Erschöpfung mußte Klaus garnicht spielen, da die Rüstung samt Helm extrem viel Gewicht hat und einiges an Energie von ihm forderte. Hier noch ein Selfie zum Abschluss, damit ihr versteht was ich meine 🙂



In der Gallery sind nochmal mehr Bilder zu sehen:

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English version

You can find more information about the shooting underneath the video.



The task was clear – an original portrait of a Medieval Knight Sword Fighter (national champion)
So I planed to do a collodion wetplate of a knight with his armour and sword. My first thought was, that an original armor has no “color” so to say. You just see the reflections of the environment. That was the reason I wanted to shoot the first portrait in my garden. Unfortunately the weather gods were against us and just after when we started a thunderstorm was on its way.

To fight agains the “low light” situation, I used a Hensel Integra 1000W compact flash as fill and also to create some nice catchlights.

I decided to go for this classical pose to show this aggressive looking helmet and the sword without covering the face. I would have liked to have a tiny bit brighter background, but the weather played here against us. As soon as we finished, it started to rain.
You can see the lines from the sky pointing directly to the knight. This is something I always try to integrate into my portraits

18x24cm collodion wet plate, Century view camera, Dallmeyer 2b Petzval lens

We did the second portrait in my studio. This time he was wearing one of his helmets. I used a classical clamshell light with a pretty close soft box (Hensel Grand Mini 85) in combination with a reflector. With this setup I got enough reflections on the armor and could also bring light under the helmet to illuminate his eyes

Reflektor, Hensel Grand Mini, Hensel EH Pro 6000 strobe head, Hensel Tria 6000S generator

When shooting portraits that close with my Dallmeyer 2b lens (220mm F3) you have to deal with a very small depth of field

I was very pleased with the result of this portrait shooting. I underexposed the plate a tiny little bit to ged stronger contrasts. With that I could produce a very strong portrait.

18x24cm collodion wetplate, Century field camera, Dallmeyer 2b Petzval lens

I know these portraits from soldiers that came exhausted and empty from a war zone. Thats how I imagined to do this portrait. Because of the heavy duty armour and helmet, Klaus did not have to act to be exhausted. So you know what I am talking about, I add a selfie from after the shooting at the end of the post 🙂



In this gallery you find some more images:

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