Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants
Learn to make prints using plants – an environmentally safe process. Also includes a large reference section on plants.
Rated 9.8 based on 25 votes.
- Format: Paperback, 100 pages, full color
- Printed by: CreateSpace.com (and Lulu)
- Size on Createspace: 20.3×25.4 cm or 8×10 inches
- ISBN on Createspace: 978-1466261006
- Publisher: AlternativePhotography.com (January 2012)
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- Press release
About the book
It is possible to print photographs using nothing but juice extracted from the petals of flowers, the peel from fruits and pigments from plants. This book will show you how it is done, and expand your creative horizons with plenty of examples from artists working with anthotypes today. Anthotypes will simply make you look at plants in a whole new light. And, if that is not enough, anthotype is a totally environmentally friendly photographic process.
From Malin Fabbri
Anthotypes will make you look at plants in a whole new light. It will show you how to make photographs from the juice of flowers, fruits and plants, using a totally environmentally friendly photographic process.
Anthotype is a very delicate photographic process and an environmentally friendly way of making prints using nothing other than the photosensitive material of plants found in the garden, the flower market or in the wild. All you need to add is water, sunshine, inspiration and patience – a lot of patience!
The process is very basic and simple. Utilizing nature’s own coloring pigments from flower petals, berries, plants, vegetables or even spices, images are produced using the action of light. The natural pigment is used to create a photographic image.
What could be better? Your impact on the natural environment is virtually non-existent, and you can carry out your art with a clear conscience. Anthotyping is the ultimate environmentally friendly photo process.
About the author
Malin Fabbri moved from Sweden to London to study. She earned an MA in Design at Central St. Martin’s, but publishing her thesis felt more like a beginning than an end. Malin decided to combine her academic and practical experience and started AlternativePhotography.com in 1999. The website still maintains its origins as a source of information and research for alternative photographic processes and represents almost 400 artists. Malin actively manages the expansion of the site as editor. She researches alternative photographic processes, makes her own prints and runs workshops. Malin has also worked professionally with big media names like Time magazine and CNBC Europe. Malin is the co-author of Blueprint to cyanotypes and From pinhole to print, the editor of the alternative photography art book Alternative Photography: Art and Artists, Edition I representing 115 artists working in alternative photographic processes, and the author of this book, Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants.
Said about the book
“Anthotypes show us just how much early photography is a kind of natural magic. Malin Fabbri’s book is a real gift – a much-needed manual on this beautiful and almost-forgotten process.”
“The anthotype is a quaint and charming nexus from the very beginnings of photography and the fertile imaginations of artist – scientists such as Herschel, Hunt, and Somerville. It is perfect in it’s simplicity, requiring only the petals of new flowers, the essences of fruits and vegetables, a little alcohol, and sunshine… all of the perfect ingredients required for a romantic vacation. Malin Fabbri has collected an abundance of anthotype information and constructed a modest and lovely book that expresses not only the beauty of the process but also her genuine affection for the organic clarity of the materials.”
Artists included in the book
- Nancy Breslin
- Hans de Bruijn
- Beverly Conway
- Dan Estabrook
- Malin Fabbri
- Carol Golemboski
- Silvino Gonzàlez
- Jake Groenhof
- Katherine M. Hill
- Rosemary Horn
- Katja Krajnc
- Nicole Lawrence
- Sarah Lycksten
- Scott McMahon
- Ko Oosterwijk
- Fabio Pasquarella
- Jalo Porkkala
- Martin Helmut Reis
- Francis Schanberger
- Nicky Thompson MA
- Sarah Van Keuren
- Marydorsey Wanless