Edward Kaprov, was born and grew up in Soviet Union. He came to Israel after his motherland, along with its Utopia, disappeared from the world maps.
"Wandering back and forth from "The Land of Patriarchs" to his Motherland, all issues he is dealing with, reflects nostalgia of high Ideas, that deny real circumstances. "
He is working freelance with known magazines at Israel and abroad such, ’El Pais’, 'National Geographic', 'Geo', 'MasaAher', 'Menta', "Kommersant',. Also for weekly magazine extensions like 'G' Globes, '7Days'Yedioth Ahronoth, 'Musaf'Haaretz and etc. Working with NGOs
After 20 years of working in documentary photography,
at the time when the photographic medium is being devaluated, with the frame
rate of 10 frames per second and a billion images per second published on the
web, I have decided to slow down. To stop and think.
I've decided to adopt the wet plate collodion technique, an early photographic process.
Because I like this photographic "look" associated with the "old" photography.
I like the challenge behind the process of obtaining an image
And yes! The most important thing is, - I truly like the process itself - the very magic of watching a piece of clear glass, covered by a mixture of powders, granules and liquids prepared with your own hands, gradually transforming to reveal the
image that is both the reality around you and your personal view of it.
I also like it that every plate is unique, and only one copy of it exists.
Edward Kaprov creates one of a kind ambrotype photographs. Each ambrotype is hand-crafted, using a method invented in the 19th century, producing an original clear glass ambrotype portrait that cannot be reproduced. There is no negative, therefore no other copy exists other than the digital scan we take. Every plate is unique unto its subject, producing a photographic fingerprint to take home.
The plates are individually prepared by hand in the darkroom and must be exposed and developed within just a few minutes. Ambrotype are positive images formed by pure, elemental silver deposited onto a clear glass plate. The images produced are exceptional in clarity and character.
Location & Event
The portrait sessions become a source of entertainment at any event where guests can observe the process take place directly in front of them. Ambrotype photography is something that very few people have experienced and often leaves guests in awe.
Edward recognizes that every event is unique, therefore customizes each experience accordingly.
Edward is available for private single or group tintype portraits at his studio and on your location. A portrait session takes 1-3 hours, depending on the number of people being photographed. During that time Edward makes several plates, selected ones are available for final selection to be varnished and packaged. Digital files of all images are included.
You are welcome to watch the darkroom process and observe as an image appears on the metal surface. This is an exciting part of the private studio experience.