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Saturday 28 December 2013

A question from Debb VanDelinder about special use of scanners

I received this mail from Debb. She, and I, hopes that someone can answer her question :

I'm wondering if you or anyone in the scanography site might know where I can get a scanner that either works in an upside down position or how or modify a scanner for inverted use? I'd really like to make some images in this position but my scanner doesn't work if I flip it. I read that their are modified scanners for use in heb scanning but can't come up with how they did this. Thanks for any direction you might be able to provide. I really need to figure this out. I have a couple of older scanners I could hack if someone has some clear directions. Of course if someone would just sell a reasonably priced version that would be optimal.

Debb VanDelinder


Sunday 21 August 2011

Marsha Tudor's workflow

[Marsha| is participating on our site since a long time (well not that long as I created the site in april 2008).

She is now proposing a page where she explains her way of working. She gives lots of details, so this is an interesting page for newcomers to our media. It is also interesting as it allows to compare our own technics with hers. Don't miss it…


Wednesday 11 March 2009

Liquid painting with a flatbed scanner : Jaime Ruas

Jaime Ruas is a spanish graphic designer and painter.
We added a page in the technic part of our site where Jaime explains his very special technic of painting.

Jaime has build a special box in which he can mix, paint, add liquids while scanning. He explains : "This box allows many different techniques to paint in it, without damaging the normal operation of the scanner. The different techniques used in this box are over thirty. Amongst them, you can make collages with damp paper, pencils, watercolors, acrylic paints, wax, adhesive tapes, inks, fabrics, wood, metal, and can paint with brushes, sponges, or even with bare hands, the possibilities of artistic creation is endless."


I hope that his revealing of a special method will give others the idea to try and find new directions to develop this artform. Thank you Jaime…


Saturday 20 September 2008

Mike Golembewski : taking pictures with a scanner as a camera…

What is this ?
Is it still scannography ? Is it again photography ?

Patri Feher just pointed Mike out to me.

Very interesting results Mike obtains with his customiezd scanner ; another vision of the world around us.
We should all like this as we like the results of our own scanner machines.
Mike Golembewski is pushing the limit of our favorite medium ! He is rebuilding scanners to be able to take them outside and scan outside views or portraits… Take a look at his site. He explains everything there (how his scanner-camera is built, how motion is taken by his machine…) and shows a lot of incredible pictures…

Mike is giving a conference and is opening discussions about his Art, but also the new technologies in general in the Massaschusetts College of Art & Design. If you're not too far away, this a place to be on the 24th of September.


Friday 15 August 2008

What scanner do you use ?

I wanted to start this from the beginning. It is now time !! I wish to compare what kind of scanner we use to do our scanns. Here under you will find a list of questions I would like you to answer.

An example of the differences between scanners. I scanned this insect (lucanus cervus) with 2 different scanners and you can see the result is very different :
This one is with the Quato X-finity and covered with white paper. Not much depth of field but a good color depth.

This one is with the Epson 1670. Greater depth of field ! But I reworked the colors and contrast on that one…

Here is the questionnary in 16 points :

Please copy the questions and answer them on a mail to me

1. How many scanners do you own ?

2, What trademark and what model is it ?

3. What is the maximum resolution of it per inch (dpi) without interpolation ?

4. Is it enough for your scannography works ?

5. Do you know how much depth of field it has ?

6. Do you know what color depth it has ?

7. Is it a 3-pass or 1-pass scanner ?

8. Is it CCD or CIS ?

9. Do you use it unconventially (like not letting it on a flat surface, taking it outdoor…) ?

10. Do you use external light to enhance your scanning ?

11. Are you protecting the glass when scanning objects ?

12. How do you clean the glass ?

13. Do you rework your scanns or do you use the image as it comes out once scanned ?

14. What software do you use to rework your images ?

15. What kind of computer to do you use ?

16. Is there anything specific you want to add about your material ?

Thursday 7 August 2008

The 3-pass scanners used by Jeff Mihalyo

Jeff is the artist of the week on He presents also his method of creating his unconventional images. As you can see these are very special moods and constructions for scannographies…

Here is Jeff's installation : setup

Here is the result with the installation above

You can see his whole explanations here.

Jeff is a professional artist and software interface designer. After studying fine art at Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles he returned to his native Seattle to work in Microsoft‘s multimedia division. While working with the MSN interface team, he developed a variety flatbed scanning techniques that broke with conventional methods. Go and see his creations on the main site but don't forget there, to jump to his own site

Friday 11 July 2008

"my scanner is a camera"

Photo-Artists who want guidance on scanning flowers and other three-dimensional objects using a (preferably Epson Perfection/Expression) flatbed scanner normally used for digitizing film, photographs and documents can attend my classes at

There are over 100 "scanographers" devoted to this emerging medium but there is only a handful of published books and articles about the subject. Many of the artists are conventional photographers, but many are pursuing fine art scanning exclusively. Although this is a medium that appears to be initially "easy" to accomplish, soon challenges arise and then one gets ambitious. Many of the artists have admitted to an "obsession" with scanning, in particular- flowers (myself included!). But then as soon as I saw my first murky scan I recognised the creative potential. I had no idea that other artists had independently "discovered" that a scanner is actually a very high rez digital camera. It was years before I realized that there was another artist, right in my own backyard (okay, 20 minutes down I-95 to be exact) doing exactly the same thing! Not only that, our artistic approach and our specimens were so similar that it gave the both of us chills! Because some guy keeps messing with the Wikipedia "Scanography" entry that I started several years ago, Christian and I have started this blog by and for photoartists who are actively pursuing this medium or interested in learning more about it.

About Scanner Photography:

The flatbed scanner was developed by Ray Kurzweil.

To the best of my knowledge the first artist(s) to use the procedure for scanning three-dimensional objects as a work of art appears to be Keith Smith/Sonia Sheridan. (MoMA exhibit April 1974.)

Technically, scanner photography has more in common with large-format camera photography than it has with Xerox copy images. Many scanographers had experimented with "Xerox" and color copier object collage images until the color photo scanner/computer became affordable in the 1990s (myself included). The method of arranging objects face-down on the platen "feels" exactly the same and the resulting image is a 1:1 capture...but the "negative" is equal to a reproducable digital image file.

If you want a copy of "The List" (of photoartists involved in this medium) send me an e-mail request.