The Idlozi Is A Hand Made Talbotype Camera That Looks Into Your Soul

Polish photographer Emil Stankiewicz crafted this amazing Talbotype camera by hand. It is called Idlozi – the word comes from Africa and it means a window to your heritage soul. (yea, some stuff is better left in its native language).

The Idlozi Is A Hand Made Wet Plate Camera That Looks Into Your Soul

Aside from the camera itself being 100% homemade, it uses homemade photographic paper (see the movies below)

One formula that Emil uses produces a negative paper, which Emil re-exposes on a new paper to get a positive, and other formula allow Emil to press the photos into thick paper producing stunning antique looking photos.

The Idlozi Is A Hand Made Wet Plate Camera That Looks Into Your Soul

The Idlozi Is A Hand Made Wet Plate Camera That Looks Into Your Soul

The Idlozi Is A Hand Made Wet Plate Camera That Looks Into Your Soul

I would sure like to see someone kickstart this one….

  • Khwaja Faraz

    so photography on albumen?
    Edit: I read up on albumen printing, though i haven’t been able to find information on shutter speed or equivalent ISO.

  • Dior

    ISO sensitivity of the albumen is around 1-2 ISO

  • Idlozi

    Sometimes I make positives on albumen. The first video shows the last workshop wet collodion and albumen prints. Normally inside the camera I use Foma paper or special papers covered in darkroom by photosensitive emulsion.

    Bought papers has ISO about 3.

    • Khwaja Faraz

      so in bright sunlight, at f/1.8 the exposure would be 1/10?

      • Idlozi

        I had 1/15 sec in full sun at F/5.6

        I don’t seen ever lens for 5×7′ with aperture 1.8

        • Khwaja Faraz

          i have only 135 lenses… no medium format stuff.
          so i will use that for 5×5 and for larger formats, i will use pin hole designs. calculations show 60 minute exposure with pinhole :)