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August 2009 Newsletter

   

New artists and response to the survey

I'm sure you all skipped the beach this summer and spent the sunny days in the darkroom, making lots of new gorgeous prints. If not, here are prints from other artists to see. Enjoy.

A few months back, we sent out a survey. We really appreciate your feedback – this is what helps make the website better. We will try to use as many of your suggestions as possible. See what we've done so far.

 

Survey results

 

Thank you all for your wonderful and encouraging feedback!
Apart from all the wonderful praise, here is what you said: There are two reasons most of you come to the site. To find information, teaching resources and step-by-steps to the processes and to see artists' work. You also want more of both and more often, which we completely understand. We continue to add more artists, and look for technical information on the processes at the highest pace possible. Many of you out there are experts. If you have written an article, use a step-by-step guide in your teachings, or have other valuable information, please send it to us so we can share it.

Some of the information we are looking for is:

  • More detailed and advanced information on processes.
  • Making digital negatives for alt. proc and for intaglio and lithographic printing.
  • Trouble shooting digital negatives.
  • Contact printing with inkjet negatives.
  • Trouble shooting.
  • The specific processes mentioned most were Cyanotypes, Gum, Bromoil, Calotype, Salt printing, Lith printing, Duo tones, Pyro, Photogravure
  • How reduce the environmental impact of some dangerous chemicals frequently used in alternative processes
  • Bromoil paper stocks.
  • Camera building articles.
  • Using hand made paper in alternative processes.
  • Other techniques, such as handcoloring B&W photographs
  • Digitizing alt. proc. prints, especially large ones.
  • If a process already exists on the website, and you have another variation of it, that's good, there are many different working methods.

Easier to find an artist.
We redesigned the artists page. Now you can search on a name, click on a geographical location or to find artists in the A-Z directory. Take a look at how to find artists.

A blog.
Done. We add some of the articles in our blog. Take a look at our Blog.

Make the type size bigger.
Done.

Center the website.
Done.

Larger images in the galleries and "next button".
Done. See the 4 new artists here below for how it works. And, please give us feedback.

Things that is still on our "to-do list", which we'll attend to if we find the time:
  • Print exchanges
  • An alternative processes day (like pinhole day)
  • How-to video clips
  • Archive index (no idea how to structure this!)
  • Competitions (anyone want to donate some prices?)
Things that we won't do are:
  • Techniques for making digital cyanotypes and digital liths. Sorry. The website is about making prints by hand. Other sites do digital printing much more and extensive than us.

Replying to emails
We also got feedback that we did not reply to emails. Our policy is to reply to ALL emails. Sometimes it takes a few days, but we ALWAYS reply. If we did not reply, your email probably ended up in the spam folder. Please try again:

Becoming a supporting member
Some of you find it hard to use Paypal. There are other ways to become a Supporting Member of the site. Please email us and we'll let you know how.

 

New artists

 


Keliy Anderson-StaleyKeliy Anderson-Staley

Keliy Anderson-Staley is the workshop coordinator at the Center for Alternative photography in NYC. She shows her own collodion portrait prints, ambrotypes and tintypes here.

 


Flemming SarupFlemming Sarup

Flemming, an experienced photographer from Copenhagen in Denmark has been working with gum bichromates since 1999. Here is a fraction of his prints.


Nik S. ClementsNik S. Clements

Nik, from Newtown in Pennsylvania works in cyanotypes. He shows a series of windows toned using tea or coffee.

 


Stefan SappertStefan Sappert

Stefan is an Austrian photographer showing work in Ambrotype. A process he likes for it imperfections, giving his portraits a unique feel.

 

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