Formulas and how-to

Bucking Horse Sale. Chrysotype by Christina Z. Anderson

Papers for chrysotype

Christina Z. Anderson gives us her best tips for chrysotype papers. If you want to learn more about Chrysotypes, there is plenty to know in Leanne MacPhee’s book, Chrysotype. Writer and photography / Christina Z. Anderson With the rising cost of palladium, Mike Ware’s chrysotype process is an intriguing noble metal process to add to your alternative process arsenal. Leanne … Read more

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

Hand Colored Gum Prints: When Art and Economics Collide

Whether to save money, time, or to explore creative options in your art, hand colored gum bichromate prints might just be the answer. Writer and photography / Peter J. Blackburn I have always loved film. My first roll was purchased back in 1970. To this very day, almost all of my gum and casein prints begin as a film captured … 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

The camera space being cut out with a jigsaw

Make a pinhole camera with a book

A local library in Batemans Bay, NSW, Australia was thinning out its books and offered a prize for the best craft item made from one of their surplus books. Ted Richards made a pinhole camera and tells us how. Today, the 24th April 2022 is Worldwide Pinhole Day, and we encourage all to take part. Writer and photography / Ted … Read more

Mordancage water bath

Mordançage

Mordançage is considered by many to be a specialized, even secretive, alternative process. Through this process, the artist has the power to manipulate the print by physically lifting, repositioning, and securing the pure black portions of a black and white darkroom print. This magical alchemy helps add to the mystique and unique quality of this distinct process. Writer / Cara … Read more

Günther Wilhelm Gum bichromate

Günther Wilhelm

Günther Wilhelm has been working with historical photographic techniques for 20+ years. He shares his gum bichromates here but also work in a range of other processes such as cyanotype, salt, albumen and kallitype. From: Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany. Shows: Albumens, Cuprotypes and Gum bichromates. Günther Wilhelm, visual artist from Ludwigshafen on the Rhine, has been working with historical photographic … Read more

From pinhole to print

Pinhole day book offer! 20% off

24th of April is World Pinhole Day 2022. We celebrate with an offer of 20% off the book From Pinhole To Print. Read more about From Pinhole to Print Read a review of the book Get 20% discount on this link