'The Keepers Of Light', by William Crawford.
While this book is now old, (published in 1979), it provides a good starting
point for the alternative process photographer.
It includes an initial section on the history and evolution of photographic
technology, which helps to set the context of historical photo processes.
The second section provides working details on a broad range of alternative
photographic process. While not rich in detail in any specific process, it
provides a good grounding for the beginner. It was this book that began my
own journey with alternative photo processes. As your interest and work evolves
you can then chose books that offer more specific information on individual
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'The Gum Bichromate Book', by David Scopik
If you are seeking a book that concentrates on the gum process alone, David
Scopiks book is worth a look. It provides detailed information on all the
steps necessary for effective and controlled gum printing, including full
working details on making three colour gum prints. While you may choose to
work differently, Scopik's book will provide a good grounding and understanding
of the gum bichromate process.
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'The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes', by Christopher
A recently published book which covers in technical detail a broad range
of historical photo processes.
It provides detailed chapters on the various alternative photographic processes
being practiced today. Excellent illustrations, plenty of examples of contemporary
work and an accessible writing style make this book highly recommended.
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Digital Negatives for Contact Printing', by Dan Burkholder (2nd Edition)
If you plan to make digital negatives for alternative process printing, then
this book is a good introduction to exploring a digital workflow.
Dan Burkholder provides a valuable introduction for those working with digital
negatives. The book is designed to suit those new to working with digital
negatives and is an ideal way to get started.
Visit Dan's website
for additional information on curves for leading inkjet printers, workshops
and to buy the book.
of Salts', by Randall Webb & Martin Reed
A detailed and well-illustrated book describing working methods for a variety
of historical processes practiced today. Written in a straightforward and
concise manner. A good practical workbook — highly recommended.
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& Artists' 1st Edtion
edited by Malin Fabbri, founder of AlternativePhotography.com
Alternative Photography: Art and Artists, Edition I 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. Here you will find both information
and inspiration. Artists introduce themselves, their work and why they chose
the qualities of that particular process.
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My approach to the gum process is just one perspective — it's what
works for me. I recommend you take a look at some other perspectives too...
These are my primary recommendations, with an emphasis on gum printing, and
some general resources that I find useful. For a broader selection of information
I suggest you visit my links summary.
Online resources & suppliers
Process FAQ > >.
A introduction to all the major alternative photographic processes practiced
today. Details on subscribing to the alt-process photo list are included —
a mailing list that is an excellent resource for those working with historical
photographic processes. The FAQ site also offers useful links for sites of
of the alternative photo process list > >
The archive of the alt process list enables you to search by subject and
thread — providing an ideal research tool for specific processes.
on the Art and Science of Gum Bichromate > >
This site by Katharine Thayer provides an excellent technical commentary
on the gum process — highly recommended.
Ware's Alternative Photography Page > >
This site provides details on working processes, an excellent bibliography
and a picture gallery of various alternative processes. As the creator of
this resource is a chemist, the technical information is of particular value.
Livick, Artist, Gum Printer, Photographer > >
an excellent example of contemporary work in the gum process. Stephen Livick
has been working with gum for more than 25 years. The technical skill and
quality of his vision illustrates the vast potential of the gum process.
Anciens procédés (site français). Working techniques
for gum, kallitype, cyanotype, salt printing, albumen printing and other processes.
Photogramme is also a provider of chemicals and materials for alternative
processes in Europe. French language only.
& Sullivan is a leading supplier of chemicals and other materials
for historical photographic processes. This site also provides a range of
technical papers of interest, and links to other online resources. A great
supplies a range of films for alt-process purposes, both continuous tone and
- artist supplier for paper, watercolour paints, brushes and other materials.
provide various films for alt-process needs, developers and papers.
Their site is in both French and English.
supplier of chemicals for historical processes- site Français
Atelier PH-7 supplier
of chemicals and information on photographic conservation — also a gallery
space devoted to historical photographic processes. Site is in French, Flemish
carry a full range of traditional and alternative process materials.
European artist supplier providing paper, watercolour pigments,
brushes and other key materials for gum printing