442 Pages 130 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    442 Pages 130 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The fifth edition of this comprehensive guide to darkroom photography is fully revised and updated, placing analog and traditional methods into the context of a digital world and contemporary workflows.

    Including invaluable analog photography techniques, chemicals, and equipment, supported by visual examples. The DCB5 has 180 updated recipes for darkroom experiments, and tips for mastering the darkroom. It includes the chemicals used to develop, stop, fix, tone, and archivally process films and prints. DCB5 contains invaluable information on making enlarged digital negatives, planning a darkroom, and safety handling photographic chemicals. It features new sections on split-printing, solarization, and making your own gelatin emulsion. The fifth edition includes contributions and stunning black and white imagery by established artists such as Bruce Barnbaum, Tim Rudman, Christina Z. Anderson, John Sexton, and more.

    This is the essential guide for any practitioner who wants to take the next step to develop a thorough understanding of film and darkroom processes, techniques, and working methodologies, as well as graduate and advanced photography students with an interest in analog and darkroom processes.

    Table of Contents

    Thoughts About Traditional Photography

    Introduction to the Fifth Edition


    Contributing Photographers

    Alphabetical List of Formulae

    List of Formulae

    Part One – Nuts & Bolts

    Chapter 1: Planning a Darkroom

    Chapter 2: Equipment

    Part Two – Film

    Chapter 3: Film

    Chapter 4: Film Developers

    Chapter 5: Types of Film Developers

    Chapter 6: Film Development

    Chapter 7: Pyrogallol and Pyrocatechin

    Part Three – Print

    Chapter 8: Print Developers

    Chapter 9: Paper

    Chapter 10: Printing Methods and Techniques

    Chapter 11: Printing Techniques of Master Printers

    Part Four – After Processes

    Chapter 12: Stop Baths and Fixers

    Chapter 13: Toning Prints

    Chapter 14: Reduction and Intensification

    Part Five – Alternative Processes

    Chapter 15: Enlarged Digital Negatives

    Chapter 16: Printing Out Processes

    Chapter 17: Print Solarization

    Chapter 18: Making a Simple Silver Bromide Gelatin Emulsion




    1 Safety in Handling Photographic Chemicals

    2 Chemicals

    3 Proofing for Maximum Black

    4 Archival Print Procedure

    5 Time Adjustment for Enlarging and Reducing Prints

    Conversion Tables

    Material Sources




    Steve Anchell is an internationally published writer, photographer, and teacher with work in more than 61 exhibits. He has taught photography workshops since 1979 and classes for Oregon State University, Santa Fe Photography Workshops, the International Center of Photography in NYC, Tuscano Photo Workshops, and many others. He is a member of the Freestyle Photographic Board of Advisors.

    Steve has five books on photography published by Focal Press: The Darkroom Cookbook, The Film Developing Cookbook, Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera, The Variable Contrast Printing Manual, and Digital Photo Assignments. He is the former editor of Photovision: Art and Technique and Focus Fine Art Photography magazines and has written for and worked as a contributing editor for numerous photography magazines.

    “For everyone working with traditional film and darkroom procedures—which I rely on exclusively

    for all my black and white work...because it’s still the best—The Darkroom Cookbook is essential

    for your library. No other book puts it all together as thoroughly and understandably as this book.”

    Bruce Barnbaum, author of The Art of Photography

    “For many decades, Steve Anchell has dedicated himself to solid no-nonsense research and

    information gathering on the entire breadth of black and white film and paper processing. And he

    is still at it. I consider this book essential for all darkroom work and keep a much used copy right in

    my darkroom. This book now stands alone for information of this kind.”

    Gordon Hutchings, photographer and author of The Book of Pyro

    “Steve Anchell has done a fantastic job of creating THE essential reference for everyone who uses

    film or prints in a darkroom. The Darkroom Cookbook contains the best and most useful of film

    photography’s formulas, plus an immense amount of information on how to use them correctly.”

    John Wimberley, photographer