Photo Palace - Second Journey

Traveling Photo Darkroom and Gallery Bringing the Art of Analog Photography to the People.
Anton Orlov
San Diego, California
United States
1 Team Member

Short Summary:


My name is Anton Orlov and I am a photographic artist based out of San Diego, California.  I love traditional photography and have been printing my own black and white images for the past 23 years.

2012 saw the birth of The Photo Palace Bus - traveling darkroom and gallery.  This was my dream for the past 15 years and I am very happy to see it come to life. 

The aim of The Photo Palace Bus is public education about the beauty and importance of traditional printmaking methods with the goal of inspiring the use of analog photography. While traveling Photo Palace offers the following programs:

History of the Photographic Medium Exhibits

Magic Lantern Slide Shows

Worshops in Darkroom Techniques

Alternative Printing Methods Workshops and Demonstrations

Portrait With Instant Imaging Technology

Darkroom Consultations

and more....

You can get a good idea of my personal dedication by taking a look at the BLOG, which I kept during construction and the inaugural 9.300mi journey from California to Maine and back.

During the second journey I would also like to compile a comprehensive survey of the state of analog photography today.  This will be done by conducting interviews with people associated with fine art photography focusing on traditional means of printmaking.  The interviews will appear on the blog and eventually published in a limited edition book.

The first of the interviews are already being conducted in San Diego area. 

Your support means a lot to me.  Any amount that you are comfortable with contributing will indeed make a big difference.

What We Need & What You Get:

The $10.000 goal will go toward the following:

• Construction of a foldout portrait studio mentioned in the kickstarter campaign - to make it RIGHT it's going to cost in the range of $3500-4000 (while converting the bus my personal funding simply ran out just short of being able to do that)

• Fuel and other traveling expenses

• Limited edition book publication

• Printing supplies such as paper and chemistry

• The rest will go to indiegogo and Paypal fees and expenses of printing and shipping the perks


After the end of the campaign you will receive the wonderful perks that you chose.  The list is on the right so feel free to take a look and see what you feel tickles your fancy.

Books will be printed at the end of the project (I project that to happen at the end of the summer) .  Please read through the list carefully and make a selection (or two or three -  nothing says you can’t contribute more than once, right?)

Are you in Continental United States?  One of the perks involves Gilli swinging by your town and giving a private lecture on historic processes illustrated by my collection of prints. 

The $700 Perk - Unique Gelating Silver Mural Prints.

Here is a link to the gallery of prints where you can chose one for yourself:

The first two prints (Self Portrait and Incense Seller have been sold and are NOT available)

The rest of the imges are printed in edition of 1 each (except for Lake Atitlan which was printed in edition of 2).  These 30x30in fiber base silver ptints are truly beautiful and were printed on Foma Chamois Cream Tone paper giving them a wonderful old-world feel.  They were all captured on Rolleiflex TLR cameras and have stunning detail and clarity.  These are some of the best prints I have ever made (definitely the best mural prints by me).  It is impossible to reproduce them as the paper manufaturer has switched paper base and it no longer has the luster and texture that it used to have.

As soon as a print is sold I will post a note about it here so you know what you have left to chose from.

Here is an example of the amazing detail of these prints.  Take a look at the image called 'Memory' and then take a look at this little close-up which is still not really as sharp as the real print.



The Impact:

My blog has been getting an ample amount of hits from all over the planet.  Readers come from all over the planet - North and South America, Europe, Asia and occasionally Africa and Australia as well.  Along with enjoying the adventurous and raw style of my writing I hope it inspired them to pick up that old Brownie, dust off their fathers Leica or invest into a 4x5.

By exposing the passion and the impetus of the artists working manually I hope to inspire a new generation of printers and innovators.  By providing folks with a list of both photo educational facilities and manufacturers of analog products I aim to give more business to them in the long run. 

In the age when digital technology is expanding and changing faster than any one person can keep up with I hope to inspire people to discover the rewards that are brought by devoting their time and labor to making a print via analog means.  The magic of seeing a print emerge in a developer still touches many hearts.

As I pointed out my dedication to this cause is 110% - did the unsuccessful end to the kickstarter campaign stop me from investing every dime of my savings into this unique project?  No way!  I labored for months and spared no expense in making the presentation area and darkroom into an inviting and pleasant place to be in.  After that I took Gilli-the-Gillig on the road. Thousands of people were exposed to and educated about the history of photography though impromptu lectures and demonstrations.  The warm reception I received along the road inspired me to keep going and now I need your support.

Other Ways You Can Help:

There are a few ways you can help other than financial support (though that is what this project needs most)

• Let me know who you think I should interview.  Do you know someone who makes exquisite photo gravures?  Maybe you are friends with the manager of the film division of Kodak or Lomography?  Perhaps you know a high school or university photo teacher who has been inspiring young minds for decades now and loves what they do? 

HUGE help would be you posting this campaign on your Facebook page, in photo groups there or on other sites or just e-mailing the link to it to a good friend or family member who you know is in the fortunate position to be able to offer financial support to a dedicated artist.



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This campaign ended on February 5, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $25USD

    You will receive a personal e-mail from Anton thinking you in the most grateful way! Any little bit helps and it is the sum of all parts that makes a whole.

    16 claimed
  • $75USD
    Personalized Post Card

    You will receive a gelatin silver post card with thanks from Anton. These postcards are printed in the darkroom and conform to the highest standards of print quality.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $250USD
    Silver Lith Print

    A wonderful 11x14 hand-made darkroom print of Anton and Gilli. This print will be executed on vintage Kodak SW paper using Lith developer, which gives the image a beautiful warm tone and increased contrast. Edition number will be equal to the number of contributors in this category. Please send me a message with your shipping address at the time when you make this contribution.

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    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $330USD
    The Book!

    You will get the limited edition hard copy of the book upon the completion of the project. In it there will be all the best interviews and a few REAL gelatin silver prints! How many first edition books will exist depends on the number of contributors in this category. Please allow time for printing after we get enough interview material - you will have the book by the end of Nov 2013 guaranteed. Please send me a message with your shipping address at the time when you make this contribution.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $550USD
    Gilli visits You

    Only in Continental USA please! I will make sure to visit your area and meet with you. You will be given a private tour of the bus, shown all its systems and given a private viewing of the print collection. Delivery date will vary upon where in the country you are: Gilli can not be in freezing temperatures or her water supply will bust - you don't want that, do you? I promise this will be complete by October 2013.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $700USD
    Guatemala Silver Mural

    These beautiful gelatin silver murals are printed in single edition (except Lake Atitlan - 2 prints) on one of the finest fiber base paper - Foma Chamois Cream Tone. Captured in 2006 with Rolleiflex TLR cameras they are truly exquisite and exhibit amazing tonal range and detail. They will be shipped to you in a special mailing tube as soon as I receive the donation - PLEASE indicate EXACTLY what print you want.

    0 out of 9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $750USD
    Visit With Portrait

    Only in continental US. You will receive the $550 perk plus a portrait session WITH YOUR CHOICE of camera equipment and 3 prints of the best frame! Also you will get the postcard described in the $75 perk level. The timing of the delivery will depend on you location, but it will be completed by October 2013.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,500USD
    The Full Monty

    Besides making Gilli and Anton enormously grateful you will get: • Gelatin silver post card • 11x14 Silver Print of Gilli and Anton • The book • Guatemala Silver Mural of your choice • A personal visit with portrait session

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $2,200USD
    9 Days With Gilli and Anton

    Travel with Anton and Gilli for up to 9 days! You can join us at any point in time (you know your schedule best). You will be free to use the darkroom, will visit the interviewees. Or you could direct The Photo Palace Bus to go into the wilderness and enjoy nature photography and some R&R. Accommodations in hotels are provided (probably not 5-star hotels, but something pleasantly quaint), simple yet tasty meals will be cooked for you by chef Anton himself.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $5,000USD
    Studio Sponsor

    Not only will the portrait studio be named after You and a plaque placed on the side of The Photo Palace Bus in Your honor, but you will receive a custom made book consisting of gelatin silver prints of portraits made in that studio. Of course I would be happy to visit You and take Your portrait.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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