Photographer shows a simple way to use any film paper with vintage Hasselblad

Mar 15, 2024

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer shows a simple way to use any film paper with vintage Hasselblad

Mar 15, 2024

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Italian photographer Ursula Ferrara has shown us some exciting experiments before. She built a 16″ x 20″ camera entirely from scratch, made a lens with cake mold and epoxy, and converted a Lomo instant camera to shoot mini wet plates. Today, Ursula shares another fantastic DIY project with DIYP. She uses photo paper with a vintage Hasselblad camera and shares the process and photos.

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Using photo paper with Hasselblad

For this project, Ursula shoots with Hasselblad 500 C/M, but she notes that you can use any Hasselblad film camera. She uses the Harman direct positive paper, but you can go with any paper you like. You can even use negative paper and invert the picture after scanning.

Anyhow, the process is fairly simple. Take your paper and the camera’s magazine back. Cut a square of paper slightly larger than 6×6 cm, remove the volet, and load the paper between the magazine back and roll. Put the volet back, and you’re ready!

You can also make your own film roll from the paper. Cut the paper to get the appropriate shape (see photos below) and load it in the magazine back. Close the volet, and once again – you’re ready to shoot.

Whether you choose to make squares or rolls, make sure to perform this process in the dark room.

Now, you can go ahead and shoot. Ursula also goes briefly through developing and scanning the images. You’ll find one unique developing process here (just don’t drink your main component :)). And I believe that scanning is pretty straightforward.

The results

And now, let’s check out the photos!

Make sure to check out more of Ursula’s work on her website, YouTube, and Flickr. And if you have a vintage Hasselblad – make sure to give this a try!

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One response to “Photographer shows a simple way to use any film paper with vintage Hasselblad”

  1. Jerry Poscovsky Avatar
    Jerry Poscovsky

    I found both stories ; the photographer who uses a film Hasselblad to shoot paper photos ; extremely fascinating , and the film manufactures rebirth.

    I am an old film man and I miss the essence of uniqueness of each films characteristics.

    I have been a photographer for both traditional photography , film and animation cameras stands.

    Digital is very incredible and offers new and easier produce images and effects but in my eyes not quite the same ; to me.

    It’s nothing like using a light meter for your exposure and n
    Manually focusing the viewfinder.

    That’s very true to me for hand drawn on paper and photographed frame by frame on film.