Christina Z. Anderson

Christina Z. Anderson from Montana, USA shows her gallery with a very personal series of tricolor gum over cyanotype and Mordancages.
From: Bozeman, Montana, USA.
Shows: Mordancage and Gum over cyanotype.

Christina Z. Anderson’s work focuses on the contemporary vanitas printed in a variety of 19th century photographic processes, primarily gum and casein bichromate, salted paper, cyanotype, and palladium. Anderson’s work has shown internationally in over one hundred shows and fifty publications. Anderson has authored books which have sold in forty countries—The Experimental Photography Workbook, Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing ProcessesGum Printing, A Step by Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative PracticeSalted Paper Printing, A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Contemporary Artists, and Cyanotype: The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice; also Handcrafted: The Art and Practice of the Handmade Print co-authored with Wang, Jianming, King and Digital Negatives with QuadToneRIP, Demystifying QTR for Photographers and Printmakers co-authored with Ron Reeder (2020). Anderson is Series Editor for Focal Press/Routledge’s Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography series and Professor of Photography at Montana State University.


“Hands-on processes allow me to connect to my work in a more direct, intimate way. Creativity begins in the camera, but in the darkroom and now dimroom I thrive on the ability to change an ordinary image into something unique through gum, platinum, chromo, or mordancage, for instance. This sometimes unpredictable transformation of an image teaches me acceptance, flow, and commitment in the creative process.”

More about Christina:
Articles and books

Photographer is also featured in:

Alternative Photography: Art and Artists, Edition I


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About the “Family of origin” series: The American Snapshot
Growing up the youngest in a family of 7 girls and 1 boy was a unique opportunity to be an observer of the social landscape. In 2000 after the death of both parents, I became the archivist for my family of origin’s photographs, about 40,000 images in all. The oldest ones were glass slides. Many were moldy, dusty, and ruined. As I culled through these pictures and narrowed down to 100 for this project, I became fascinated with the family snapshot. Which moments in life lure the family member into rushing for the camera to take a picture? How does what we find of interest today compare with what was of interest to those in the 30’s? The family photo album is a fascinating cultural read as well as a repository for silent family secrets. In Family of Origin, these images from the past, mold, dust, and all, are woven into the fabric of my present work and imagery to express a continuum of my family of origin’s “reality.” Quirk and humor exist alongside sadness and darkness as well, because, in this family as in most, there were certainly darker dramas going on beneath the smiling Kodachrome faces.

Christina Z. Anderson's books
Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes

Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes

by Christina Z. Anderson

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Currently not available new, but try second hand copies from Amazon: A Manual of Gum Dichromate and Other Contact Printing Processes. Packed full of information.

The Experimental Darkroom by Christina Z. Anderson

The Experimental Darkroom - Contemporary Uses of Traditional Black & White Photographic Materials

by Christina Z. Anderson

Second hand copies of the previous book "Experimental Photography Workbook" can be bought from Amazon: Learn about a variety of alternative photographic processes. A technical book highly recommended both for beginners and pros.

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