Laptopogram

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Laptopograms are images made by pressing photosensitive paper onto a laptop screen and flashing an image in a manner not unlike contact printing or photograms



'Laptopogram' is a misnomer - I reckon they can be made with pretty much any monitor. Perhaps 'Luminous Screen Emulsion Transfers' is a better. 


Here, however, the negative is a digital image - and is flashed for a little time onto the paper before developing the image in a darkroom. 


These prints were made with an IBM R51 Thinkpad running Lucid Lynx with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.


All prints were developed on Ilford Ilfospeeed RC Deluxe 5 Glossy paper using Tetenal Neofin Blau with water as a stop bath and a fixer of unknown provenance.

The scans are not  true-color. Scroll down to see an approximation.

Dimensions vary; most are around a few inches by another few inches. 


Here is the script to turn the monitor on and off:



#!/bin/sh
sudo vbetool dpms on ; sleep 2.0; sudo vbetool dpms off



Thank you to Alex and Manu for much patience and support.


Lufja EZ.


Do drop me a line.

This was developed during a residency at Fabrica.it, Benetton’s experimental lab in Treviso.

- Aditya Mandayam