Photo intaglio test plate and print

How Carol Hayman works with photo intaglio plates

There are many variations to how artists work with their processes, here Carol Hayman describes her process when working with photo intaglio plates – also called photo etching and photogravure. Writer and photography / Carol Hayman My journey with polymer plates is a path along with the evolution of technology – the plates, transparencies, copy machines, PhotoShop, and digital cameras. … Read more

workshop stories changed through photography by Elizabeth Opalenik

Elizabeth Opalenik Workshop Stories and how she came to Mordançage

Elizabeth Opalenik shares her love of the Mordançage process and discusses memorable workshop stories from her new book featuring over 100 iconic photographers. Writer and photography / Elizabeth Opalenik Why is mordançage your favorite process? Elizabeth Opalenik: When something strongly resonates with you in photography you tend to remember your first encounter. I was mesmerized in 1982, the first time … Read more

Pipettes and syringes for measuring drop sizes

Is your drop the same size as mine?

Have you ever wondered if the size of a drop is always the same? The short answer to the question of the size of a drop is that the volume of a drop usually does vary, in fact depending on 10 different factors. This is of course relevant to alt. proc. because recipes often specify “20 drops”, “20 gtt” or … Read more

Photograph developed with seasweed by Melanie King

Bladderwrack seaweed developer for black and white film

Seaweed developer offers an alternative to using store-bought developer and is very similar to the Caffenol-C film development process. This developer is designed for black and white film, with 400 ISO. Melanie King developed this recipe as part of the Sustainable Darkroom online residency, with the London Alternative Photography Collective. Writer and photography / Melanie King Developing with a seaweed developer … Read more

Happy 21st birthday to us

Happy 21st birthday to us!

Today we are 21 and officially grown up – wherever in the world you are! It’s unbelievable, but we have been here for 21 years, so Happy birthday to us AND to you. Some of you have been with us from the very start, and that we thank you extra for. We also welcome our new visitors, now over 80 … Read more

Chlorophyll prigment print by Almundena Romero

Chlorophyll printing and pigments

Chlorophyll printing is a sustainable photographic process using plants and pigments to develop a print or a cameraless photogram. Almudena Romero shares her knowledge of the process. Writer and photography / Almudena Romero Since the 1840s, artists have used organic techniques to produce photographs, sometimes using flowers, as is the case in anthotype printing, and sometimes by blocking or exposing … Read more