Alois Senefelder

Senefelderplatz 1

Hidden in the bushes in Senefelderplatz, in Berlin, lies a bedraggled monument to the platz’s namesake: Alois Senefelder. In 1796 he invented the printing process known as lithography, by which most books, magazines, and many other printed things are made. The surviving child at the base of the statue holds a mirror to read Senefelder’s name, which is carved in reverse, as it would appear on a lithographic stone. (You can see it better here.) Senefelder called his process “steindruckerei,” which is more accurate, but didn’t stick. Perhaps his invention has been largely displaced by LCD screens, but I made the pilgrimage – I still believe in print.

Senefelderplatz 2

These images were made with a NOPO 120 camera and its impressive magical shutter.

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