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5th Edition

New Dimensions in Photo Processes
A Step-by-Step Manual for Alternative Techniques

ISBN 9781138632837
Published February 15, 2018 by Routledge
376 Pages 326 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

New Dimensions in Photo Processes invites artists in all visual media to discover contemporary approaches to historical techniques. Painters, printmakers, and photographers alike will find value in this practical book, as these processes require little to no knowledge of photography, digital means, or chemistry.

Easy to use in a studio or lab, this edition highlights innovative work by internationally respected artists, such as Robert Rauschenberg, Chuck Close, Mike and Doug Starn, and Emmet Gowin.

In addition to including new sun-printing techniques, such as salted paper and lumen printing, this book has been updated throughout, from pinhole camera and digital methods of making color separations and contact negatives to making water color pigments photo-sensitive and more.

With step-by-step instructions and clear safety precautions, New Dimensions in Photo Processes will teach you how to:

  • Reproduce original photographic art, collages, and drawings on paper, fabric, metal, and other unusual surfaces.
  • Safely mix chemicals and apply antique light-sensitive emulsions by hand.
  • Create imagery in and out of the traditional darkroom and digital studio.
  • Relocate photo imagery and make prints from real objects, photocopies, and pictures from magazines and newspapers, as well as from your digitial files and black and white negatives.
  • Alter black and white photographs, smart phone images, and digital prints.


Table of Contents

Part I. Light-Insensitive Methods

1. Transfers, Lifts, and DIY Printmaking

2. Hand Coloring

3. Toning, by Elaine O'Neil and Laura Blacklow

Part II. Preparation for Light-Sensitive Methods

4. Creating the Photo-Printmaking Studio

5. Generating Imagrey: Analogue Methods

6. Making Negatives: Digital Method, by Joseph Moccia and Laura Blacklow

Part III. Light-Sensitive Methods

7. Cyanotypes

8. Van Dyke Brown Prints

9. Salted Paper Prints, by France Scully Osterman

10. Gum Bichromate Prints

11. Casein Pigment Prints

12. Platinum and Palladium Prints

13. Bromoil Prints, by Gene Laughter

14. Enlargement Emulsions and Tintypes

15. Contemporary Daguerreotypes (Becquerel Process), by Laura Blacklow, with assistance by Tyler Treadwell

16. Visual Hybrids



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Laura Blacklow teaches at the School of the (Boston) Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. A professional artist for over 40 years, she has received numerous grants and awards; her manipulated photographs are in the collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Harvard University's Fogg Museum, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and Polaroid’s International Collection. Her work has also appeared in Christina Z. Anderson's Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes (2017), Robert Hirsch's Exploring Color Photography (2015), and Robert Hirsch's Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age (2012).