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Books covering more than one subject
Covering several techniques and even printing on ceramics.
Cyanotypes, kallitypes, ambrotypes, anthotypes and more in classroom format.
A Working Guide to Old Photographic Processes.
Note: Spirits of Salts is the UK title and Alternative Photographic Processes is the US title.
Practical instructions on 20 processes.
Laura BlacklowBuy: Amazon.co.uk
Clear instructions in step-by-step to many of the processes.
Pinholes, cyanotypes and more. Out of print.
A well researched reference book covering many alt. procs.
More inspirational, less technical.
Covering cyanotype, kallitype, salt, gum bichromate and pt/pds.
Centered around interviews with seventeen photographers.
An overview of alternative processes.
Detailing all the early photograhic processes. Out of print.
Extensive research and resources.
Description of 170 photographic processes.
A definite resource for mastering alternative photo-imaging techniques. Out of print.
Covering both ‘straight’ and alternative processes.
Information on many of the processes.
Blueprint to cyanotypes – Exploring a historical alternative photographic process
Malin Fabbri and Gary Fabbri
An excellent beginners’ guide to cyanotypes!
Makes 24 8×10 Prints. Just add water.
Makes 50 8×10 Prints. rind the Potassium Ferricynide prior to mixing and it.
Step-by-step guide to gum bichromates.
Easy to use kit, strongly recommended for beginners.
Step-by-step guide to gumoils.
Comprehensive guide and techniques leading to successful infrareds.
Taking infrareds one step further.
Practical without being tacky.
Clearly written and well illustrated.
Kallitype & vandykes
Makes 100 4″ x 5″ prints or 25 8″ x 10″ prints – great for beginners.
Makes 30 4″ x 5″ prints – recommended for beginners. Read a review.
World-wide collection of lith printing works.
A practical art book illustrating the use of liquid photographic emulsion.
Negatives – digital negatives and analogue, Photoshop and digital printing
A step-by-step Guide to affordable enlarged negatives.
An eBook describing Color Density Range Control, matching the density range of the digital negative to the exposure scale of any process and/or contrast mix—before applying a Process Adjustment Curve. Read more.
Both easy, quick start recommendations and expert instruction.
For those who loves photoshop and want to know it all.
Basic black and white image manipulation.
Focussing on real darkroom problems and not just effects.
High-end imaging techniques.
From Scanning to Printing, this book will explain the basics to get you started in digital photography.
A useful addition on the bookshelf.
Restoring what has been lost, fixing incorrect exposures, erasing dust and scratches, or even re-creating reality.
Photopolymer, gravure, solarplates and printmaking
Making Photogravures With Polymer Plates: A modern technique of historical photo-mechanical printing using steel-backed polymer plates, etched with water and printed by hand with traditional intaglio processes
Photogravure step-by-step. What is needed to use photo sensitive polymer, to create stunning intaglio plates.
Covering the solarprint, or the photopolymer process, a brilliant read!
Step-by-step basic printing procedures for a photogravure plate, complete with trouble shooting information.
Step by step through the history and techniques of over forty-five print-making methods.
Polymer Photogravure: A New Method for Photographers and Graphic Artists
Taneli Eskola, Kari Holopainen
Hard to get hold of, try getting a used copy on Amazon.
Pinholes and camera making
From pinhole to print
Gary Fabbri, Malin Fabbri and Peter Wiklund
The quick and easy way to learn how to build a pinhole camera!
The benefits of pinholing, making cameras, material and darkroom skills.
How to Make Three 8×10 Pinhole Cameras
A really fun booklet and lenses. Out of print, may be back soon.
The entire process from the beginning to end, at advanced level.
An inspiring book including ideas and techniques. Not for beginners.
A variety of approaches to pinhole with lots of examples of camera building and technical aspects of building your own.
Back to basics, recommended for beginners.
Platinum & palladium
Image and Polaroid transfers, emulsion lifts and SX-70’s books
Teaches you to make large-scale acrylic transfer prints for exhibition or private use.
Everything you need to know about Polaroid transfers.
Detailed hands-on instructions and step-by-step procedures.
Tutorials from the winner of the Nikon Certificate of Excellence.
The art and techniques of SX-70s.
Creative photography techniques to put a spark in your photos.
Includes a section on temperaprints.
A cookbook of various processes. (Out of print)
Toning and handcolouring
Full of vital details on toning.
More inspirational than techical.
After printing: craft, mounting, framing and image preservation
Very well researched.
How to Make Pop-Ups step-by-step. Read an excerpt.
More Pop-Ups step-by-step.
History of alternative photographic processes
Scientific experimentation blend with stories of showmanship to reveal how developments in 19th-century technology could enlighten as well as frighten and amaze. Read a review.
Black & white photography and darkroom techniques
Devoted to a discussion of light, film and exposure.
Camera systems, lenses, films, film developing, printing, and color photography.
Guide to Ansel Adams’ brilliant Approach to creative photography.
In-depth color theory and practical advice.
Artbooks – the art of alternative photography
Sun Gardens: Victorian photograms
Reproduction. Anna Atkins was the first photographer to produce a book using photographic illustrations – in cyanotype. It was called British Algae, Cyanotype Impressions, which predates Talbot’s Pencil of Nature. Out of print – if you find a copy, grab it!
Winner of the European Publishers award for Photography (2000). ‘One-off’ prints, of animals.
Photographs: Betty Hahn, text: Steve Yates, essays: David Haberstich and Dana Asbury
Incorporates alternative processes with other media.
Jayne Hinds Bidaut (Photographer), Eugenia Parry (Editor), B. Martin Pedersen (Editor)
Two distinct bodies of work in tintype: one of rare and exotic insects, the other of female nudes.
Peter Devine, photographs by John Dugdale
Having lost 80% of his sight, Dugdale continues to use cyanotypes to explore indefinable areas of life.
Fine art and an essay by Tracy Chevalier.