The last artist of the year is young artist scanning paper pieces to
create some kind of abstract patterns.
You have to discover her works on our page devoted to her. It's real all about composing, playing with colors, transparency and light. It's perfectly mastered and a pleasure for the eyes. Her creations are as close to abstract paintings (like Klee or Mondrian) as to scannography. But that's what makes our art so interesting : it has no limits except imagination…
Wednesday 28 December 2011
The last artist of the year is young artist scanning paper pieces to
create some kind of abstract patterns.
Friday 8 October 2010
Standke came to our site last year, working with lights and
He gave me some news. This is not "scannography" as we define it anymore but
it stays in connection with scanners so I thought I give you the info as I find
he today's work really interesting.
Jens worked with a scanner to capture his own movemet that he then
transformed in sculpture : "The experience is: By moving our body we are taking
more space and another time as normally ascribed.". So movement and scanner
stay in his body of work and it's good to see a concrete result of this
thinking and working.
If you want to see more photos click here : "Photos"
You can also check the video of his "making-of" here: "Video"
Monday 20 September 2010
PhotoshopUser is THE Photoshop
"HowTo" magazine. The september 2010 issue contains 8 pages about
I'm very glad that Linda Zacks, Clare Nicholas and myself were invited to talk about our way of using a scanner. Here is how this featured pages are presented : "How many of you out there have a scanner sitting on your desk? (That’s exactly what we thought.) So when’s the last time you used that scanner? Well, if you’re anything like the following three artists, then you answered, “I’m using it right now.’’ A lot of people will tell you that scanners are for digitizing photographs and slides, but that’s only partof the story. Scanners have the capability to capture just about everything around you — one man’s trash could be that one element that’s missing from your next assignment. Throw in some paint, sandpaper, crayons, paper and other art supplies, and you’ll be creating unique and awe-inspiring illustrations and designs in no time."
Clare Nicholas talks more of flat objects that can be used in a recomposed image, Linda Zacks scanns about everything and reuses these elements in her creations. I explain how I compose my own images. PhotoshopUser is a great magazine that gives lots of tips and tricks, it is only available for members of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).
If you go to the website of the NAPP, you can even ask for a free issue…
Friday 5 March 2010
Diane Kaye made me discover this nice, well rythmed and funny clip. Melting all kind of scannographic images. You can watch it here Created by Damon Stea of Mindfruit Studios made Memoirs of a Scanner with Cassandra Chowdhury and Zack DeZon.“The shoot probably took around six hours of pure, unadulterated face-to-the-scanner animating, followed by pickup shots of all the papers and transitions,” Stea said. “Editing was pretty quick as well — it was a remarkably simple process to actually complete.”
I hope they will produce others…
Monday 6 July 2009
A young french girl, student in Visual Arts and History of Art in Angers is
using a scanner to create images and projects of her own. Elisabeth produces
two types of scannographies. You can now see her images on our main site,
but also on this page.
The first are portraits in black and white where she tries to put emotions and to capture a kind of innerworld of the subject… The lights, contrasts and composition are superb in these images and she succeeds by transmitting emotions and characteres of the persons she scanns…
The second type of scannographies are abstracts. Elisabeth paints abstract color compositions, then scanns them while moving them on the scanner screen-plate. She obtains images with lots of movements and waves. She uses them in projections while a dancer follows his inspiration guided by these scannnographic movements… A very interesting experiment.
I hope you will like this new artist. Don't hesitate to give her some feedback by commenting these images.
Friday 24 April 2009
Yes I know, flowers, flowers, when it comes to scannography it
always comes to flowers.
But Roberta Bailey (she has her own
website here), brings the subject to a new level. At least to my eyes. She
plays with colors, transparencies, and lights without crashing the simplicity
of the elements she presents. Her creations are just perfect. The essence of
her body of work seems to be beauty, something that gets more and more lost in
Contemporary Art. That's maybe why we are not looked at as artists, but as some
bunch of amateurs playing with scanners !!!
Go and see these images (on scannography.org) , I think you'll be amazed too (especially if you like flowers as much as Modern Art, which I personnaly do, being open minded is important these times).
I hope she will touch a large public and so help scannography get it's way forward.
Sunday 12 April 2009
Redbubble is a site where everyone can exhibit Art, Design and
Photography for free.
A group has been formed there called "Scantastic - Scanned images" by Jared D. White.
Jared recently contacted me to tell me about this group. It's an interesting
site, where you can find a lot of great images and artists. Some of them are
also on our site (hello Marsha). The site is easy to use and nicely done and
contains interesting eatures. Go and see some new images there. I also hope
some of these scannographers will take a look on our own projects and maybe
Wednesday 11 March 2009
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 17 January 2009
Sergey Sorokin is
a diverse artist touching all kind of medias.
His scannographys are abstract and geometrical. Far from the standards we slowly create by being a community of artists. But that's also what makes him interesting. He uses the scanner in a non-conventional way. Colorfull, presenting very repetitive motives, using often printed papers as ground material for his images, he doesn't fit completely in what we now call scannography.
Sergey takes the scanner lens out of the scanner and rambles it on the objects or things he want to interpretate. This approach is very new, I think, and certainly allows a lot of new images to appear. My regret is he stayed a bit too classic in what he showed. I suppose he will try out lots of things in the next future (why not body parts, screens, animals…). For those who are ready to try this technic I'm sure this will open new areas of creation. So, thank you Sergey, for presenting us these images and a good continuation to you.
Wednesday 10 December 2008
Patri presents a new site full of
new scanns, technics and informations.
Patri's site remains one of the most important sites for what concerns scannography. She still has links to DigitalArt gallery, where she gives classes.
Here are some of Patri's new scanns :
I hope you will all take a look and give her your impressions.
Tuesday 4 November 2008
Patri Feher just reviewed the list of Master Directory of
I added the list to download on the scannography site (on the left of the page, under the buttons). It is a very complete list of artists Patri has compiled through the years. Not only has she searched for most artists using this technic but she also listed Flick'r groups, forums, tutorials and more…
So if you searched for infos about scannography, this is a must-have !!
Saturday 30 August 2008
Thanks to Scot Alexander, the scannography page on Wikipedia looks
great now !
Finally we arrive on a consistent page. This is an encyclopedical article,
well structured, with references, and keeping a minimum external links. Scot
Alexander rewrote the whole article based on Patri's first researches and
thanks to her help in searching bibliographical sources. Scot
Alexander added a lot of elements and enriched the whole.
The only thing missing now, in my opinion, are some good examples of images.
To add such images, they have to be added in Wikipedia's Creative Commons. That means that you allow anybody to use this image you uploaded there, without having to pay any rights to you. You remain the author but allow the image to be reused in any possible manner. So if some amongst you are ready to do so, I think that would help improve the article. Scot added one of my images I gave out there. I'm now working on a french translation of Scot's article…
Friday 22 August 2008
Is floral the main theme amongst scannographers ?
It won't be Tim Fleming who
would say the opposite. Tim's beautiful arrangements can now be seen on the
scannography main site.
April in Paris
Tim is an artist, teacher, web designer and photographer specializing in images of the American West, as well as a scannographer. His work is well known in and around the Northern California area, and he has exhibited his artwork both nationally and internationally. You can see his work on his personal website.
Friday 15 August 2008
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 14 August 2008
A third french scannographer, Simon Gris appears
today on the scannography site. His portraits tend to prove that, yes,
scannography can be done with humor !
Here are two examples of his Art :
You can also discover lots of Simon self-portraits, that he classsifies in strange categories, on his own website.. But even if Simon proves a lot of humor in his images this goes with a great sense of composing, contrasts and quality…
Wednesday 30 July 2008
…but is this still what we call scannography ?
Somewhere between medical imagery and artistic research, Rodolphe Gombergh proposed 2006 an exhibition called "transparent women" (festival @rt outsiders). Sophisticated technology allows him to show us the inside of human bodies without having to introduce camera in them. The radiologist uses medical scanners to obtain these images…
This is Art for sure, medical maybe but is it scannography ? What do you think ?
And to have an animated view of Rodolphe's Art go to this page. It can seem deranging, strange, weird but there is beauty here and also an other way to see ourselves !!!
Tuesday 22 July 2008
I received these images recently from the Philippines. With just these lines
Hello! I am Angely Chi from the Philippines and these are my first experiments on the office scanner. (I did it when I was alone.)
I liked these images I find them a good attempt for a first try. Original composition, strong feeling, and good color harmonies. I hope some of you will let Angely know what they feel about these scanns.
Here are some explanation the author gave me later to her creations :
I'm still very new this art but i find it a lot of fun because i could play with setting up images especially when I include myself as part of the scanned image. That's the best part despite its awkwardness. because I found it tiring to steadily put my face on the scanner and wait for a minute to have it scanned (a minute seems forever) i decided to play around and move my face while the scanner works up, chasing the light, alternating my face with other objects within reach-books, a calculator, magazines, etc. So the end products are fragmented images or fragmented portraits.
I had a bugging thought in my head that perhaps what I was doing was not really new and there were other people in the world scanning their faces and making art out of it. So I searched the web the next day with the keyword "scanner art" and found your site. I also found this website with a fun scannography project called "Face your Pockets
The image is a cover of "The Believer" magazine i've been reading. The cartoon character in the cover is Fantomah, the first ever female superhero created by Hanks Fletcher during the Golden Age of Comics. (Fantomah is a superhero who's beautiful when everything is fine in the jungle she protects. But her face transforms into a blue skull whenever her jungle is threatened and she is angered.) I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition with another cover of the book "Filipiniana" which features a Filipina meztiza during the Spanish era in the Philippines, and fragmented images of myself in the background. But my juxtaposition of the three occurred purely on impulse. I didn't plan to put one with the other. it just occurred to me to grab my magazine and the book, put them side by side, and work my face behind them
If you want to discover more about Angely : http://delirium1986.multiply.com
Friday 11 July 2008
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 digitalartacademy.com
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.