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The World's Smallest Film Company

  • France
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  • 26'
The World's Smallest Film Company


There was Kodak in the USA, Fuji in Japan, Ilford in England, and now... Lomig Perrotin in his kitchen! Alone he created his film, called Washi. From personal research (reconnecting with 19th-century calotypes) he ended up in mass production! Now his homemade film is in great demand, Lomig spends most of his time in the darkroom, at the head of his small business...

What you will find in this film

How to emulsify a film • A 1.50m² factory • Artisanal practice • The negative on Japanese paper - An orthochromatic film - A Brownie No.2 camera - Dish development

In the end, we can only expose the negative; Japanese paper film has a soul of its own.

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Materiel used


The Image Revealed– first photographs on paper in Great Britain (1840-1960) (Exhibition catalogue) - Authors: D. De Font Reaulx / Roger Taylor, publisher: Musée d’Orsay / Nicolas Chaudun, 128 pages. Paris, 2008

Japanese washi paper – Dishes – Inactinic light – Kitchen and bain-marie – Drying cabinet – Brownie No.2 camera