Miscellaneous processes

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

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

Scott Wittenburg proofing negatives.

Making large format negatives with X-ray film

Scott Wittenburg shares his experience of working with large format x-ray film photography and how he uses them as an inexpensive and fun way to create large-format negatives. Writer and photography / Scott Wittenburg I began my X-ray film experience after building a homemade 11×14 view camera from scratch several years ago. Having finished construction, I started looking for traditional … Read more

Handpainted negative process by Ronni Mae Knepp

Watercolor painted negatives process

Writer and photography / Ronni Mae Knepp Ronni Mae Knepp paints her negatives to create a mix between photography and painting. She shares here Painted Negative process here. The Watercolor painted negative process My process is pretty straight forward. I shoot 4×5 Black and White Ilford HP5 film and develop the sheet film. I use a flat lightbox and place … Read more

Pavone Version 3

The Sury process – an essay

Writer and photography / Simone Simoncini Simone Simoncini is looking for a way for the surface of her paintings to accept more pigments and re-discovers the Sury process. A few months ago, I started finger painting with pastels on some scrap palladium and gum prints I had made. I found it difficult to get a decent amount of pigment where … Read more

Preparation & use for Siderotypes: Cyanotype, Vandyke Brown, Argyrotype, Ziatype, and the silver halide process of B&W silver gelatin v.1.5

The Special Edition Art Project was created to afford photographers and artists practical access to the creation of wet-processed photographic prints. This photographic processes user guide focusses instruction on classic B&W silver gelatin printmaking as well as the historic light-sensitive iron based Siderotypes processes of Cyanotype (iron), Vandyke Brownprint, aka VDB, (silver / gold), Argyrotype (silver / gold), and Ziatype (palladium … Read more

Hand colored photograph by Holly Roberts

Handcoloring using water, oil or chalk as a base

A chapter from Laura Blacklow’s book New Dimensions in Photo Processes on how to handcolor photographs. The chapter is instructions on hand coloring using water-based methods, oil-based method and chalk-based methods. Writer / Laura Blacklow Photography / Holly Roberts, Erica Daborn, Laura Blacklow and Gabriel Garcia Román Hand coloring is a means by which you can add color to a photograph, … Read more

Figure 2. Lippmann photograph by Neuhauss, recorded in 1899 (Collection: Royal Photographic Society)

Lippmann Colour Photography

1891 Gabriel Lippmann – an inventor and physicist from Luxembourg – invented a process for recording colour photographs. The result is beautiful colour photographs with high resolution. Professor Hans I. Bjelkhagen shares with us how it works. Writer and photography / Dr. Hans I. Bjelkhagen Few photographers today are familiar with the name Gabriel Lippmann (1845-1921), even fewer have seen … Read more

Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques

Ceramics and photography – a beginning

Many alternative photographic processes can be used to print on ceramics and clay. In this excerpt from “Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes”, Jill shows us how to print Pyrofoto, Laser Transfers, Gum bichromates, Cyanotypes, Silkscreen PhotoEZ and Phototransfer onto different surfaces.

The physautotype process

The physautotype is produced using lavender dissolved in alcohol. When it was invented in 1832 by Niépce and Daguerre the emulsion was then applied to a silver plate and exposed in a camera obscura. It can also be done today.