Art paper on a shelf

Paper basics: Buffering

In alternative photographic processes, the choice of paper plays a crucial role in achieving a good print as well as in the archival quality and longevity of prints. Buffered and unbuffered papers are terms often encountered in this context. Some processes are fine with buffered papers and, in some processes, buffering will ruin the print. Writer / Malin Fabbri Photography / Malin Fabbri and John Brewer Most art papers today … Read more

Sizing paper for alternative processes and cyanotype

Paper basics: Sizing paper for alternative photographic processes

A few decades ago, when I first started out, I believed sizing was about cutting the paper into the right size: I was very wrong. When a paper is “sized”, glue is used to bind the paper to control the absorption of liquids—the capillarity—in the fibres. Writer and photography / Malin Fabbri A paper towel is unsized and very absorbent since you are supposed to use it to wipe up … Read more

Choosing the right paper for alternative processes

Paper basics: An overview of paper qualities

The basic knowledge of paper includes a few terms that are good to know for selecting your base. Selecting the right paper for alternative process prints is akin to choosing the perfect instrument for a musician. The paper should harmonize with your artistic vision and used to add to the experience. Factors like weight, texture, and absorbency are key factors. The choice of paper plays a crucial role in the … Read more

The handwritten letter from Mrs Mary Somerville to Sir John Herschel, please note it is dated September 20, 1845

Did Sir John Herschel or Mrs Mary Somerville discover anthotypes?

According to my research, it was Sir John Herschel who discovered the anthotype process and not Mrs Mary Somerville. As soon as I publish an article or text mentioning “Anthotype” and “Herschel”, I invariably get comments saying that it was Mrs Mary Somerville who “invented” the anthotype process. I have not seen any evidence of this in my research and share my findings here in chronological order. Writer / Malin … Read more

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 2 - large cover to share

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 2

by Malin Fabbri   The second book in the series from World Anthotype Day “If you are looking for a resource of Anthotype emulsions, then this book is exactly what you need!” – Christopher Osborne, editor Silvergrain Classics Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 2 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2023. $14.00 Download eBook (PDF) directly. $22.00 Buy eBook (PDF for Kindle) from Amazon Kindle. Buy from Amazon.com … Read more

Anna Atkins created labels with the specimen's scientific name at the bottom of the page.

How to print an Anna Atkins cyanotype

Apart from being a brilliant scientist and botanist, Anna Atkins was also an artist. She created numerous prints from plants, lace and feather arrangements. This is how you can print your own cyanotypes in Anna Atkins’ style. We have done research, but not managed to find out a lot on paper or oils used, so if you possess ANY knowledge at all in terms of which paper or oil was … Read more

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1

Review of Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1

Peter J. Blackburn reviews Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1, and finds this springboard and resource alluring – and is eagerly awaiting the next volume.  Writer / Peter J. Blackburn If ever there was a medium that best captured the soft, the gentle, and the ethereal, anthotypes would be among the champions. And those delicate qualities are clearly on display in Malin Fabbri’s new text, Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1, which continues to … Read more

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1

by Malin Fabbri   The first book in the series from World Anthotype Day Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2022. “Dedicated artists from all over the world experiment and contribute their valuable discoveries page by page. The beauty is alluring, and the possibilities are endless.” Peter J. Blackburn. $12.00 Download eBook (PDF) directly. $18.00 Buy eBook (PDF for Kindle) from Amazon … Read more

Anthotypes, colouring and food colouring

An excerpt from Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants. Pigments normally thought of as food dyes can also be used to make photographs.

J.F.W. Herschel taken by Julia Margaret Cameron

The chemistry of anthotypes

An excerpt from Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants. Sir John Herschels description of how light changes pigment to make an anthotype.

Anthotypes

Anthotypes – book review

Author and artist, Malin Fabbri, along with a team of dedicated contributors have compiled a new book filled with ideas and imagery originating from a location one would least expect – your garden!

Portrait of Mrs. Mary Somerville

The history of anthotypes

An excerpt from Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants. How the anthotype was discovered.