Last newsletter of the year

Another year has soon passed. There has been so much happening in the communities, I'm so glad we started back at the start of the millenium (read here how it all got started). But, we could not have done it without you. So, thank you ALL ARTISTS who send in their work to the galleries, and thank you ALL CONTRIBUTORS who share their knowledge of the processes.

New artists in the galleries

Since our last newsletter two more artists have joined the galleries and one has updated their current work.

Gum printingAnna Yeroshenko

Anna Yeroshenko is a Russian photographer working as a print assistant in Boston, USA. She specialises in the platinum/palladium process. See her beautiful work here.


Gum printingIvan Bernal Palli

Ivan Bernal Palli has been working with Lith printing for the last 5 years, influenced by the Pictorialism movement. He is a Spanish photographer living in Edinburgh.

Gum printingRichard Kynast

Richard Kynast has updated his gallery, showing a range of Cyanotypes, Platinum prints and platinum palladiums.

Give some know-how for Xmas

Why not give someone KNOWLEGE this year? These are books may inspire a new passion in life. Take your pick.

For your best friend to share your interest in alternative photographic processes, wouldn't it be fun going to the darkroom together?

Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes

This book will tell you everything you need to know about printing with gum. It is the culmination of ten years of research by Christina Z. Anderson in resources from the beginning of photography to present day. It also contains information on nearly every contact print process.

For your grandpa who potters around in the garden, but need more stuff to do with his plants.

Anthotypes - Make photographs using plants

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.

For your brother, who just doesn't stop going on about cameras.

Exploring Simple Lenses

A truly comprehensive examination of the fascinating world of shooting with single-element lenses.

For your mum who makes quilts and really need a way of putting pictures on fabric.

Blueprint to cyanotypes - Exploring a historical alternative photographic process

The cyanotype is often the first alternative process that people try. It is relatively easy and safe enough to nurture a child’s interest in photography. It can also be seen as a gateway to further exploration of historic photographic methods.

For your dad who misses that darkroom he had a long time ago.

The Wet Collodion Plate. 16 Steps To Making The Plates

16 easy color illustrated steps of how he makes his plates using the historical 1851 wet plate collodion process.

For that friend you met on the photo course who likes to try a bit of this and a bit of that.

Experimental photography workbook

You will find succinct how-to’s on photograms, clichés-verres, lumen prints, chemigrams, photo-chemigrams, collage, photomontage, photo transfers, pinhole, zone plate, holga, paper negatives, sabattier, chromoskedasic printing, painting with light, lith printing, liquid emulsion, modern tintype, mordançage, dye mordanting, bleach out, toning, applied color, abrasion tone, bromoil, encaustic and distressing film.

For your sister who used to make pinhole cameras when she was a kid but now has forgotten all about it.

From pinhole to print - Inspiration, instructions and insights in less than an hour

From pinhole to print will guide you from drilling your first pinhole to printing your first pinhole photograph. It is an easy to read, step-by-step guide to making a pinhole camera and creating images.

For your uncle who loves history, and would love to put it into practical use.

The salt print manual

This manual covers every step of the process in detail, helping to avoid and/or solve the numerous problems that arise on the journey of mastering this beautiful photographic print process.

For that friend who gives you a blank stare as soon as you mention alternative photographic processes.

Alternative Photography: Art and Artists, Edition I

Highlights the work of over 100 of today’s most active photographers working with alternative processes. Discover how the different processes create a unique look in a print, and get an insight into how the processes function.

And if that is not enough there are plenty more alt. proc. books here.

Survey closing soon

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Survey: Non-mainstream photographic processes are… Name it!

Last but not least: we want to know whta you think. What is is called what we do? There are so many different way to describe it and that is perfectly fine, but it would be interesting to know what you say… the survey will be closing in the next weeks, so please fill it out if you have not already done so.