An image made with the gift box camera.

Porphyrography – no darkroom required

Porphyrography is a long exposure dry plate process that uses a lensed camera and novel iron-based chemistry to make direct positive transparent images on glass plates. Porphyrography is often attractive to students because of its relatively simple technique and its use of inexpensive chemicals. Perhaps its most appealing aspect, however, is that it does not require a darkroom. The light-sensitive … Read more

Vandyke by Michele Pero

Michele Pero

Michele Pero is an Italian photographer with many irons in the fire. He runs a blog, is a founder of a photography school and works in a variety of processes. From: Città di Castello (PG), Italy Shows: Ambrotypes, Cyanotypes and Vandykes. Michele Pero, who this guy may be? Former war and commercial photographer. On the field since 1992 as a … Read more

Exhibition: Out of the Blue: Cyanotypes by Midge Battelle, Rebecca Bruyn, and Amy Heller, September 2 — November 13, 2022, Provincetown, MA, USA

Out of the Blue refers to the brilliant and rarely achieved Prussian blue color indicative of cyanotype photography. This mid-19th century process developed by Sir John Herschel is at the heart of the exhibit. Anna Atkins first published her botanical studies in the 1840s using cyanotype and almost two centuries later, Midge Battelle, Rebecca Bruyn, and Amy Heller, three admired … Read more

Mary Kocol

Mary Kocol is an art photographer and Massachusetts Master Gardener. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut and now lives and works as a museum photographer near Boston, Massachusetts. See her work here. From: Somerville, Massachusetts, USA Shows: Anthotypes and Solargrams Mary Kocol studied photography at University of Connecticut and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photography at the Rhode … Read more

Mitsuka Uemura

Mitsuka Uemura is a Japanese Photographer and Lithprint artist. He started to teach himself photography, and he has been using the Lith Printing process since 2002. From: Japan. Lives: Vilnius, Lithuania. Shows: Lith prints. Mitsuka Uemura’s work was exhibited in group and solo shows, in Japan, UK and Lithuania. In 2019, he received a ‘Letter of Appreciation’ from the Government … Read more

Cyanotype print wash delay test

Darkroom variations for the classic cyanotype

Paolo Saccheri tests different variations of citric acids, washing and printing variables for the cyanotype process and shares his results with us. Please note that this is for the advanced cyanotyper. If you are a beginner, please start with Cyanotype – the classic process. Writer and photography / Paolo Saccheri Paper white and citric acid variations for cyanotypes Normally, when … Read more

Photography rebus emulsion

Photography rebus 10

Rebus! Can you figure out the word? I can’t think of an alt. proc. that does not use this. Comment below (no cheating looking at the comments now!)

Argyrotype by Simon Ashmore

Simon Ashmore

Simon Ashmore is an artist from Kent in Southeast England who combines a range of photographic techniques and processes, often including alternative printing processes, to create expressive and sometimes abstract images. From: Kent, England. Shows: Argyrotypes, Cyanotypes and Salt prints. Time, memory, mortality and hope are reoccurring themes in Simon Ashmore’s work. “Alternative printing techniques are both a joy and … Read more