Carbon Transfer Printing is a book about one of the earliest photographic processes that provided the first permanent printing methods, available in one form or another for over 150 years. This book reviews the extensive history of carbon transfer and related pigment processes in both monochrome and color, to serve as point source for a new carbon printer to begin to master the craft of carbon printing, as well as provide new material for experienced carbon printers so they can expand their techniques. The book includes never-before-published information on pre-sensitizing carbon tissue with newly identified compounds, information on the safe use and disposal of hexavalent chromium compounds, and simplified methods of producing 3-color carbon prints.
Carbon Transfer Printing is divided into two parts, illustrated with 175 photographs. Part One is a complete how-to on the carbon transfer process, from simple to complex, with a troubleshooting guide and an extensive chapter on digital negatives. Part Two is devoted to contemporary carbon printers who share their methods and secrets to creating their beautiful carbon prints.
Topics that the book covers are:
- Key events in carbon’s history
- How to organize the carbon workplace
- Sections on necessary supplies and equipment
- A step-by-step digital method of making high quality digital negatives
- Simple and advanced methods of carbon printing
- How to make carbon tissue, including several methods of pre-sensitizing
- How to choose UV light sources for printing in carbon
- Step-by-step processing directions
- How to prepare final support papers
- Troubleshooting carbon
- Multi-layer printing to add tone, or make a full color carbon print
- Finishing and final presentation of carbon prints
- A gallery of images and advice from contemporary carbon printers
Carbon Transfer Printing is designed for both the beginning carbon enthusiast as well as for the advanced practitioner. Backed with extensive research on carbon printing from books, journals, and magazine articles from the 1800s to present day, and the extensive personal experience in carbon printing of the authors, there is enough information in this book to provide inspiration and proof of both the glorious past of carbon printmaking and its enduring importance to a new generation of image makers who value the handmade print.
Table of Contents
History of the Carbon Transfer Process
Overview, and Making Your First Carbon Transfer Print
Supplies and Materials
The Working Environment
Negatives for Carbon Printing
Making Supports for Single and Double Transfer Carbon Printing
Making Carbon Tissue
Basic Working Procedures for Single Carbon
Multilayer Transfer Carbon
Alternative Materials and Working Methods with the Carbon Process
Finishing the print
Contemporary Carbon Transfer Artists
Artists and Their Creative Practice
"Will be a sought-after reference for carbon printers at all levels, but also collectors, gallerists, curators, and anyone with a keen interest in the history and practice of carbon printing. The book is intelligible and comprehensive on the topic of monochrome carbon transfer; the chapter on color is an added bonus. Carbon transfer can be a daunting undertaking, but the writing exudes good sense, informed by expertise and craftsmanship."
Philip Schwartz, Carbon Transfer Printmaker
"This is a welcome addition to the world of carbon transfer. After printing carbon transfers for more than 14 years I was delighted to discover thought-provoking information and more carbon related issues for me to research. Thank you Sandy King, Don Nelson, and John Lockhart for an amazing epic publication."
Ellie Young, Founder, Gold Street Studios
"The authors of Carbon Transfer Printing have brought extensive personal expertise and knowledge to this publication. This guide to an exquisitely detailed photographic process will provide the photographic artist with a practical means to achieve success. The numerous examples of current printers are an inspiration."
Gary Baker, Carbon Transfer Printer