The holidays are approaching fast. It’s fun to give gifts, but if you are tired of giving THINGS away, you can always give EXPERIENCES. Some ideas: Give away a day with yourself in the darkroom. Give away a day at an exhibition. Give away a workshop. Or… if you still feel you have to buy a THING, perhaps make it a book that shows just how much fun alternative photographic processes are. Some ideas below.
For your best friend to share your interest in alternative photographic processes, wouldn’t it be fun going to the darkroom together?
This book will tell you everything you need to know about printing with gum. It is the culmination of ten years of research by Christina Z. Anderson in resources from the beginning of photography to the present day. It also contains information on nearly every contact print process.
It is possible to print photographs using nothing but juice extracted from the petals of flowers, the peel from fruits and pigments from plants. This book will show you how it is done, and expand your creative horizons with plenty of examples from artists working with anthotypes today.
A truly comprehensive examination of the fascinating world of shooting with single-element lenses.
The cyanotype is often the first alternative process that people try. It is relatively easy and safe enough to nurture a child’s interest in photography. It can also be seen as a gateway to further exploration of historic photographic methods.
Scott Wittenburg Adventures in X-ray Film Photography with a Homemade 11×14 View Camera.
You will find succinct how-to’s on photograms, clichés-verres, lumen prints, chemigrams, photo-chemigrams, collage, photomontage, photo transfers, pinhole, zone plate, holga, paper negatives, sabattier, chromoskedasic printing, painting with light, lith printing, liquid emulsion, modern tintype, mordançage, dye mordanting, bleach out, toning, applied color, abrasion tone, bromoil, encaustic and distressing film.
For your sister who used to make pinhole cameras when she was a kid but now has forgotten all about it.
From pinhole to print will guide you from drilling your first pinhole to printing your first pinhole photograph. It is easy to read, step-by-step guide to making a pinhole camera and creating images.
This manual covers every step of the process in detail, helping to avoid and/or solve the numerous problems that arise on the journey of mastering this beautiful photographic print process.
For that friend who gives you a blank stare as soon as you mention alternative photographic processes.
Highlights the work of over 100 of today’s most active photographers working with alternative processes. Discover how the different processes create a unique look in a print and get an insight into how the processes function.
And if that is not enough there are plenty of books sold directly by authors, giving them the share they deserve and books sold by Amazon here.
Hope this will give you some ideas!