320pp, 400 images. Cyanotype: The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice is a two-part book on the much admired blue print process. Part One is a comprehensive how-to on the cyanotype process for both beginner and advanced practitioners, with lots of photographs and clear, step-by-step directions and formulas. Part Two highlights contemporary artists who are using cyanotype, making work that ranges from the photographic to the abstract, from the traditional to the conceptual, with tips on their personal cyanotype methods alongside their work. These artists illustrate cyanotype’s widespread use in contemporary photography today, probably the most of any alternative process. Book features include: A brief discussion of the practice of the process with some key historical points; How to set up the cyanotype “dimroom”; The most extensive discussion of suitable papers to date, with data from 100+ papers; Step-by-step digital negative methods for monochrome and duotone negatives; Chapters on classic, new, and other cyanotype formulas; Toning to create colors from yellow to brown to violet; Printing cyanotype over palladium, for those who want to temper cyanotype’s blue nature; Printing cyanotype on alternate surfaces such as fabric, glass, and wood; More creative practice ideas for cyanotype such as handcoloring and gold leafing; Troubleshooting cyanotype, photographically illustrated; Finishing, framing, and storing cyanotype; Contemporary artists’ advice, techniques, and works. Cyanotype is backed with research from 120 books, journals, and magazine articles from 1843 to the present day. It is richly illustrated with 400 photographs from close to 80 artists from 14 countries. It is a guide for the practitioner, from novice to expert, providing inspiration and proof of cyanotype’s original and increasing place in historical and contemporary photography.
320pp. 390 images. Salted Paper Printing: A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Contemporary Artists is a book about the first photography-on-paper process from the dawn of photography’s history. In Salted Paper Printing this 19th century process is updated with 21st century digital negative methods. With a few inexpensive ingredients such as ordinary table salt and silver nitrate, evocative hand-coated prints can be created from a camera as simple as a smartphone. Salted Paper Printing is divided into two parts, richly illustrated with close to 400 photographs. Part One is a complete how-to on the salted paper process from simple to complex, with an extensive troubleshooting guide illustrated with 70 photographic examples. Part One includes creative ideas to push the boundaries of the salted paper print, such as handcoloring and printing salt in combination with gum bichromate. Part Two is devoted to contemporary salted paper artists who share their methods and secrets to creating their beautiful salted paper prints. Topics that the book covers are: a succinct bulleted timeline of key events in salted paper’s history; how to organize the salted paper “dimroom”; what the best chemistry supplies, equipment, and papers to use are; a step-by-step digital negative method; how to practice photogenic drawing, William Henry Fox Talbot’s original salted paper process; simple and advanced methods of salted paper printing; how to salt, salt-size, and sensitize paper with traditional and animal-friendly methods; using the sun or an ultraviolet light source to best expose your image; step-by-step processing directions; toning the salted paper print with gold, platinum, and other metals; troubleshooting salted paper, including lots of photographs of common issues; printing gum over salted paper to add gloss, tone, or full color to the salt print; handcoloring salted paper, printing cyanotype and salt together, and other creative suggestions; finishing, framing, and storing salt prints with examples of varnish, mat and frame choices; contemporary artists’ advice, techniques, and works in 2-, 4-, or 6-page spreads. Salted Paper Printing provides much for the beginning salt enthusiast as well as for the advanced practitioner. Backed with thorough research from 180 books, journals, and magazine articles from 1839 to the present day, there is enough information to provide inspiration and proof of salted paper’s original— and continuing—place in historic and contemporary photography.
336pp. 500+ images. Gum Printing and Other AMAZING Contact Printing Processes is the culmination of ten years of research in resources from the beginning of photography to present day. It is the replacement text for Alternative Processes, Condensed but much, much more. It foregrounds gum bichromate in Section I which also now includes a comprehensive chapter on casein. Section II covers the most popular contact printing processes of cyanotype, argyrotype, kallitype, vandyke brown, platinum/palladium, ziatype, salted paper, and combination printing. Bodies of work are often gridded for a visual exploration of the cohesive idea. Many side-by-sides are included, same image, different process. It is a perfect workshop or classroom textbook, comprehensive yet succinct.
And for the Chinese audience!