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Enfojer: An Analog Darkroom for Printing Your Digital Smartphone Photos

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Enfojer is a new darkroom kit that mixes age-old analog photography processes with digital smartphone photography. It’s a simple and portable photographic enlarger that’s designed specifically to turn your smartphone photographs into physical prints created with chemicals.

The four creators of the project, Vanda Voloder, Ilija Stjepić, Daniel Bakotić and Leo Gavranić, hope the product will help “preserve the old art of photo development” and allow people to “rediscover the magic that happens in a darkroom.”

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In addition to being an easy way to learn about darkroom developing, the Enfojer is also economical — creating black-and-white prints using the system can be cheaper than having your digital photos printed out using your average printer.

Here’s how the Enfojer system works: after snapping a photograph with your phone, load it up into the special Enfojer app.

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Turn on the included, portable, battery-powered red light, and load your phone into the center of the enlarger’s cradle (compatible with most smartphones).

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Then, snap your finger, turning off the phone’s screen temporarily. After loading some photo paper into the enlarger, snap your finger again to turn the screen back on and begin exposure.

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Once it’s exposed, simply put it through standard darkroom baths (developer, fixer, and water) to bring out the image! It takes 6 minutes from start to finish to create a print.

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Resulting prints can be up to 20x20cm (~7.9×7.9in) in size. In addition to smartphone pics, the enlarger can also be used with processed films that are as large as 6×6.

Here’s an introduction to the Enfojer and a demonstration of how it works:

The Enfojer project is almost ready for the launch, but the team is currently raising startup funding for the product through Indiegogo to bring it to market. A contribution of $200-$300 will preorder you one of the first Enfojer units.

(via The Capsized Eight)


 
  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    Impressive idea that I think is actually useful. But I was hoping it would be an enlarger that could handle memory cards or something. Because I really do think it’s an interesting concept to be able to develop your own prints out of digital photographs.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    “In addition to being an easy way to learn about darkroom developing, the
    Enfojer is also economical — creating black-and-white prints using the
    system can be cheaper than having your digital photos printed out using
    your average printer.”

    And how much would that actually be?

  • Zos Xavius

    I couldn’t get past the ironic t-shirt. I’m sure the dipsters will love this.

  • jrconner

    I can understand curiosity getting the better of young people who came of age in the digital era, but as someone who grew up in the darkroom era I have absolutely no desire to work again with smelly chemicals in dim light to slowly produce a print that I can quickly produce on my Epson R2880.

  • Ai_print

    As a professional photographer for the past 23 years and one who has used digital full time for 18 years, I find a lot of irony in those older folks who just have to regurgitate the tired old statement of never going back to real photography because of smelly chemicals and how their souls have been saved by lord digital. I mean, I get it: you probably did not get the results you wanted due to the sheer talent and dedication it takes to arrive at a real photograph. I on the other hand have largely dumped digital in favor of exponentially higher print sales and superb quality. I think anything that keeps real photography alive and well is a good thing.

  • fsjal

    What’s ironic in this t-shirt?

  • tyrohne

    ‘real’ photography alive? /big derisive snort..

    and what is that, exactly? ‘Real’ photography… Is travel any different because we use big skyships vs wagons and animals?

  • MarvinB7

    I like this, a lot. Darkroom time is so peaceful. For my pro work, not likely. For the pure joy of photography, yes please.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    I suppose many artists using traditional media also made similar remarks when photography was in its infancy.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Amazing

  • Paulo

    Been there done that, you can get pixelated sharp or soft unsharp results. Why not doing a contact print with your ipad istead…

  • Nate

    To me the idea of e-mailing a photo from my computer to my phone isn’t that far fetched. But you could always use one of the many Android phones that has external memory slots.

  • vroomfondel

    Really enjoyed the enthusiastic presentation as well :)

    The only thing I am a little concerned about is that $200-$300 would buy you a hell of a used wet-print setup.

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    I seriously didn’t even think of that… Now I feel stupid. No wonder I didn’t come up with this idea in the first place.

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    Yes, and what about those people who still paint with oil? Jeez… get with the time people!

  • http://www.shawnhoke.com/ Shawn Hoke

    I probably wont use this, but If it gets people interested in printing traditional darkroom photos, then that is awesome.

    And developer, fixer, and printing paper is still pretty cheap. Certainly cheaper than an inkjet printer, inks, and paper.

  • jrconner

    I think you may have sniffed too much fixer.

  • cunguez

    Did a project with Salgado a few years back after he’d just switched to digital. It really has been sad knowing that he since ceased making ‘real photographs.’ For sh*t’s sake, man, get off it. You want to talk about tired statements? How about adding righteously indignant. You managed to tick an extra box there, friend.

  • cunguez

    He would definitely grind Peter Griffin’s gears:
    “You know what really grinds my gears? People in the 19th century. Why don’t they get with the freakin program? It’s called an automobile, folks. It’s much faster than a horse!”

  • myrna652

    as Ann said I’m stunned that someone able to earn $6790 in one month on the internet. check my source w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m

  • Coop

    Nice! Reminds me of TF2 :D

  • http://www.flickr.com/avaviel Avaviel

    Love love love love!

    I’ve done this before, but it was awkward. I’d turn on the screen, slap it to the paper, and then press the lock button. Ethereal photos, to say the least.

  • faloc

    rather just process it the old way instead of enlarging it from a phone screen, especially from a bad screen like the iphone has (not even HD)…. Though its the printing part I usually screw up…. the film processing is super easy!

  • David Cheng

    Very interesting,Will you have ipad version later, this demo photos can we see the pixel dot inside, if we can see, can we use soft lens to make the dot fade out?

  • Uwe P.

    Perhaps you don’t need much more than a 6×6 Enlarger. Remove the film holden an put the smartphone in. Ready.