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PRODUCT GUIDE

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DARKROOM PAPER POLAROID NEGATIVES CAMERA INSTANT PHOTOGRAPHIC CHEMICALS

FILM SECOND HAND

ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES

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DEVELOPING & PRINTING

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ars-imago Chemicals..........................................................................2 • Developers.................................................................................................4 • Monobath...................................................................................................6 • Stop & Fix...................................................................................................7 • Washing Bath.........................................................................................8 ars-imago C-41 Kit...............................................................................11 ars-imago Caffenol Kit.....................................................................11 Developing and Printing Kit.......................................................15 Cyanotype and Van Dyke Kit....................................................17 Film..................................................................................................................18 Accessories..............................................................................................20 Passpartouts...........................................................................................23 Frames..........................................................................................................25 Books..............................................................................................................27 Our Shops.................................................................................................29 Services........................................................................................................33 Contact.........................................................................................................35

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ARS-IMAGO CHEMICALS

NEW PRODUCTS FOR BLACK AND WHITE The new line of chemical products manufactured and distributed by arsimago, dedicated to all analogue photographers from professionals to those who are about to enter the darkroom for the first time, was born to a specific need: expand the use of film and the traditional analogue techniques, looking to the future .

WHY?

The answer is simple: because users require it and because we are willing to innovate and keep the focus on photographic practice that is at the core of our passion, to guide the user into the vast world of analog products and to offer quality and innovative alternatives.

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CHEMICALS

HOW?

Through the research and identification of simple and professional basic products for developing and printing. All the chemicals in the ars-imago line have been subjected to empirical tests, that are clearly described to the users. The products have specific features that the users can follow in the standard process, or modify through experimentation, which can be discussed and verified with ars-imago staff.

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DEVELOPERS

ARS-IMAGO FD FILM DEVELOPER

The ARS -IMAGO FD FILM DEVELOPER is a highly concentrated, high energy, mildly compensating one-shot developer for processing black and white film. It fully uses the film speed and many films will show an increased (foot) film speed as well as increased E.I. with appropriate developing times. This developer produces good acutance and an accurate grain rendition without softening or excessive grain crumpling even in push processing.

ARS-IMAGO R9

HIGH CONCENTRATE

Prepared with the original Agfa Rodinal formula tested for over a hundred years, it is one of the oldest and most versatile developers ever produced, used, and known all over the world and it can boast one of the most complete collections of development chart times. This developer guarantees good contrast control and an accurate grain rendition without softening or excessive grain crumpling with excellent sharpness.

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ECO DEVELOPERS

ARS-IMAGO FE

ECO FILM DEVELOPER The ars-imago FE is an ecological and universal black and white film developer. It is an ascorbic acid based, hydroquinone free and easy-mixing solution that combines fine grain and full use of film speed. It produces very sharp negatives enhancing shadow contrast and improving highlights detail.

ARS-IMAGO PE

ECO PAPER DEVELOPER ARS-IMAGO PE is an ecological, ascorbicand dimezone-based developer for black and white paper. The developer has an excellent tonal yield and renders a neutral tone with most papers. By changing the dilution factor, one can obtain more or less intense blacks.

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DEVELOPERS

ARS-IMAGO MB MONOBATH

ARS-IMAGO MB MONOBATH is a highly concentrated all-in-one developer for black and white films. The solution develops and fixes at the same time with only one bath. Mix Part A with Part B to prepare the working solution which can be reused several times in two weeks. The stock solution can be also diluted 1:1 and used as one shot developer. The negatives have medium-high contrast with a good and balanced tone scale. The best results are achieved with standard cubic-grain films like Imago 320, Ilford Hp5 and Fp4, Kodak Tri-x, Rollei RPX, Fomapan or Kentmere. ars-imago MB Monobath is an easy, fast and efficient solution to develop and fix black and white films at the same time with only one chemical bath. Video tutorial: https://vimeo.com/169729185

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IMAGO 320

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STOP & FIX

ARS-IMAGO ST STOP BATH

ARS-IMAGO ST - ECOSTOP BATH ODOURLESS is an odourless citric acid solution that, when diluted, can be used as a universal stopper for black and white film and paper. The use of an acid stopping bath is strongly recommended to arrest the development process with immediate action. The stopping bath also helps not to contaminate the fixing process, prolonging the chemical action and increasing its durability.

ARS-IMAGO FX UNIVERSAL FIXER

ARS-IMAGO FX FIXER UNIVERSAL is a universal, non-hardener fixer for black and white film and paper; it is a highly concentrated liquid solution based on ammonium thiosulphate. Depending on the dilution, it can be used both as standard or fast fixer.

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WASHING BATH

ARS-IMAGO WB WASHING BATH

ARS-IMAGO WB - WASHING BATH is a concentrated liquid wetting agent to be used as the last bath after the final rinse. The treatment makes the film anti-static and prevents limestone traces on the surface. It also has a stabilising effect and reduces the bending of the films (in particular the ones with a PET component). It lowers the drying time.

ARS-IMAGO WD

HYPO CLEANER - WASH AID ARS-IMAGO WD - HYPO CLEANER reduces the washing times of film and FB papers. Must be used after fixing and before washing. The solution helps to remove the hyposulphite and prepare the support to a faster and more effective washing, thus guaranteeing excellent results for conservation. It reduces washing times by 5 minutes for film and 15 minutes for FB papers. The use with RC papers is not recommended.

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KIT ARS-IMAGO

ARS-IMAGO CN

C-41 COLOR NEGATIVE KIT NEW Processing color negative films has never been so easy with the ars-imago CN C-41 Kit. Thanks to the single developer solution and the ultra-fast 40 seconds bleach, this kit is the fastest and the most easy to use product to develop color film. This 1L kit can process up to 15 films and the best results are reached at 38°C, even if it could be used at lower temperatures (increasing developing times).

CAFFENOL KIT

ALTERNATIVE ECO DEVELOPER Develop your black and white films using coffee! Caffenol is an eco-friendly developer and it’s super easy to use. Included in the kit, you will find all the ingredients, including the fixer, as a practical powder to dilute with water. The developing process is rather forgiving to any mistakes you might have made in matters of exposrue, and will make your photographs look great! It can be experimented also with expired and color films for a creative result.

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IMAGO 320

Caffenol kit - 10 min. @ 20° C


KIT ARS-IMAGO

DEVELOPING KIT BLACK AND WHITE

This kit provides all the necessary tools and chemicals to develop black and white film. • • • • • • • • •

Universal Tank 2x Reels 135/120 1x graduated cylinder 650ml 1x graduated cylinder 50 ml 1x graduated pitcher 1000ml Digital Thermometer 2x empty bottles 2x Stainless steel film clips ars-imago chemicals kit

PRINTING KIT BLACK AND WHITE

This kit provides all the necessary tools and chemicals to print black and white film ne gatives on photographic paper. • • • • • • • •

3x trays 24x30cm Red Safelight 2 graduated pitchers 1000ml 1x graduated cylinder 300ml 3x Print bamboo tongs 2x Empty bottles Bergger RC Multigrade 24x30cm (5 sheets) ars-imago chemicals kit

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KIT ARS-IMAGO

CYANOTYPIE KIT ALTERNATIVE PROCESS

The Kit contains all the materials and the chemicals you need to obtain 200ml of solution. • • • • • • • •

20g Ferric Ammonium Citrate Green (A) 8g Potassium Ferricyanide (B) 2 Amber-Glass Bottle 100ml 1 Glass Stirring Rod 1 Plastic Becher 100ml Graduated Pipette 5ml 1 pair Nitrile Gloves size M Bergger COT-320 20x25cm (5 sheets)

VAN DYKE KIT

ALTERNATIVE PROCESS The Kit contains all the materials and the chemicals you need to obtain 150ml of solution. • • • • • • • • • • •

13,5g Ferric Ammonium Citrate Green (A) 2,5g Tartaric Acid (B) 6g Silver Nitrate (C) 15g Sodium Thiosulphate (D) 1 Plastic Becher 100ml Bergger COT-320 20x25cm (5 sheets) 1 pair Nitrile Gloves size M 1 Glass Stirring Rod 1 Amber-glass Bottle 500ml 3 Amber-glass Bottles 100ml 1 Graduated Pipette 5ml

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ARS-IMAGO FILM

IMAGO 320

BLACK AND WHITE FILM IMAGO 320 is a black and white film nominally rated at ISO 320 speed. It can be used both indoors and outdoors with different light conditions. IMAGO 320 is a versatile fine-grain film with a very high sharpness and a wide exposure latitude. It is a panchromatic film, up to 680nm, coated on acetate base and compatible with most available developers.

FEATURES: • • • •

ISO 320, pushable up to ISO 800 Fine Grain High Sharpness Wide exposure latitude

WHY ISO 320? According to our tests with most developers, 320 ISO is the nominal sensitivity of the film, which returns a correct and wide tonal range. This conveys higher detail in shadows and a very fine grain. With some developers, it can be pushed up to 800 ISO. The 320 ISO selector is between 200 and 400. Otherwise you can set it at 400 ISO and over-expose by half stop.

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ACCESSORIES

ARS-IMAGO

DIGITAL THERMOMETER Features: • • • • •

Stainless steel probe to measure chemicals and solutions temperature Temperature Range: -50°C to +330°C / -58°F to +626°F Accuracy: +/- 0,5°C Probe lenght: 14,5cm °C and °F selection Auto Power OFF

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FILM RETRIEVER This useful tool is designed for a quick and safe retrieval of 35mm film leader rewound into film cassette. It is very easy to use and can be used in bright light without exposing film. Made with stainless steel.

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ARS-IMAGO BINDER

Ring Box Binder, made with dark grey coated cardboard, to store negative sleeves. It can hold up to 100 negative/slide sleeves, any kind of film size. The binder, thanks to a magnetic closure system, is an airtight container which prevents dust. It is very compact and comfortable with a high price-quality ratio to store your developed films. The binder can also hold 24x30cm prints.

ARS-IMAGO

FILM PROTECTION High aluminum protection can with classic and elegant look for 120 and 135 format films. Protect your films from light and other environmental influences that could affect your material. The matte silver cover has a practical twist lock that prevents accidental opening.

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PASSPARTOUT


POLAROID PASSPARTOUT SX-70/600

White/Black Passpartout for Polaroid 600 and sx-70: • Thickness: 3 mm • External dimensions: 20x25cm • Internal dimensions: 8,4x8,5 cm • Internal cut: 45°

POLAROID PASSPARTOUT INSTAX MINI / WIDE

White passpartout for Instax films: • Thickness: 3 mm • External dimensions: 20x25cm • Internal dimensions: 6x9.8 cm (Wide) or 5x6,5cm (Mini) • Internal Cut: 45°

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FRAMES


HANDMADE FRAME FOR POLAROID SX-70/600/SPECTRA

Handmade multiformat lime wood frame designed by ars-imago for your instant pictures. Photos can be easily mounted on by using the double-sided tape provided inside the frame. These frames have been designed to have a small space between photos and internal edges and create a pleasant play of light and shadows. Perfect to hang up or place on the desk. Suitable for different formats: • Polaroid 600 and Sx-70. • Fuji FP 100C and FP 3000B • Polaroid type 100 • Fuji Instant Wide

HANDMADE FRAME LIME WOOD

Handmade standard and “L” Shape Lime Wood frame. Sizes: external: 22,5x27.6 cm - internal: 20,3x25,5 cm - thickness: 3 cm Provided with a white back. Ultralightweight for any kind of wall and designed to match our 20x25cm passpartout. These frames are handmade in Italy with an uncoated and natural lime wood. Passpartout and glass are not included.

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BOOKS

ANALOGUE PHOTOGRAPHY Reference manual for shooting film by Andrew Bellamy - Foreward by Floirian Kaps Inspired by the aesthetic of vintage user manuals, this beautifully illustrated and designed reference book is an essential guide for everyone interested in the fundamentals of film photography. So whether you have found an old Konica at the thrift store or inherited a Leica, or are one of the many younger photographers who are turning to analogue as a way to enrich and expand your practice, this book provides all the information needed to help you understand your camera and get out and start using it. Divided into six main sections, the book is structured so that it can be accessed in either a linear or non-linear way. It opens with a concise description outlining the basic mechanics of taking a photograph. The beginner can then read through from cover to cover, while a more advanced photographer can dip in and out. It is designed to be easily navigated: cross references are underlined in the text and listed with their relevant page number at the top of each page, and there is a complete and detailed index at the back. As a primer or a reference manual, this is the perfect book to (re)kindle your love of analogue photography.

BACK TO FILM

Comprehensive guide to film developing and printing A new and updated comprehensive guide to film photography covering all aspects of the analog image production. From the choice of cameras to film types and development, through exposure and printing techniques ending with a new approach to sensitometry and the Zone System. www.ars-imago.com www.ars-imago.ch

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ARS-IMAGO Rome via Caio Mario 25

Opened in 2009, our shop is the point of reference for analogue photography in Rome, in Italy, and also in Europe. We resell all major and minor brands of film, paper, chemicals, darkroom accessories, cameras, and many other products. We offer services such as film developing and fine art printing; moreover, we regularly organize presentations, workshops, and product demonstrations to live and share the magic of analogue photography everyday.


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ARS-IMAGO Zurich Badenerstrasse 211

ars-imago was born in a small office of Zug in 2004 as an online store and a little shop in the same building. In 2016 a bigger space has been opened in Zurich and it is now the point of reference for analogue photography in Switzerland. Events, workshops and product demonstrations are regularly organized to involve people in experimenting with analogue materials.


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DEVELOPING AND PRINTING LAB

Thanks to the collaboration with a lab dedicated exclusively to analogue photography, ars-imago offers film developing and printing services guaranteeing very high quality and value for money. Any kind of roll size and emulsion can be developed with a standard or custom process. Proofing sheets and automatic prints are rigorously made by optics, as well as fine art prints, which are handmade with a professional enlarger for both black and white and color.

FILM CAMERA REPAIR SERVICE

In our Rome and Zurich stores, we provide an inspection and repairing service for film and instant cameras. Our photo repairers have decennial experience, earned while working for the world’s main camera brands. From a simple cleaning, to a gasket substitution, to fixing mechanical parts, we can treat any non-digital photographic device.

WORKSHOP EVENTS

Thanks to the collaboration with teachers, artists, and photographers, we organise workshops dedicated to film developing and printing techniques, to instant photography, to creative and alternative processes. All courses include a theoretical and a practical component for participants to use our darkroom equipment. Also, we organise portfolio reviews for black and white prints and special themed group sessions for photography students and more.

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CONTACT

ars-imago international s.r.l. Via Caio Mario 25 I-00192 Roma - Italy info@ars-imago.com +39 06 96042253 www.ars-imago.com @arsimago

ars-imago GmbH Badenerstrasse 211 CH-8003 ZĂźrich - Switzerland info@ars-imago.ch +41 44 461 18 49 www.ars-imago.ch @arsimagoschweiz

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