The Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsion Print is a cookbook of simple, basic recipes for making black and white printing paper and paper negatives, along with creative options for printing, toning, and coloring. Author Denise Ross draws from photographic literature from the last 135 years, adapting old recipes to fit modern tools, materials, and work spaces and modern twists have been applied to traditional techniques.
The book is divided into three sections: Section One lays the groundwork for this unique alternative process; Section Two provides the recipes; Section Three highlights contemporary silver gelatin artists.
The book features over 200 full-color images and covers key topics including:
Vocabulary: a list of terms used by traditional photographers and emulsion makers
The Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsion Print is for photographers who love the look and creative potential of black and white traditional photography but who want more control over the process and the end product. It is written for the beginner to experienced photographer, with processes initially explained in such a way that anyone will feel comfortable getting started, as well as information in increasing levels of complexity so that experienced photographers who enjoy a challenge will also find one.
An excellent introduction to the magical process of making your own silver gelatin emulsions and papers, full of practical advice and, most importantly it makes the process simple and understandable even to those with little or no darkroom experience.
R. Brzozowski, Head Tutor of Tricity School of Photography
Table of Contents
SECTION I—The Important Stuff Before the Recipes
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Vocabulary
Chapter 3. The Darkroom
Chapter 4. Materials
Chapter 5. The Basics
Chapter 6. Coating Paper
Chapter 7. Troubleshooting Coating
Chapter 8. Printing
Chapter 9. Processing
Chapter 10. Toning and Other Ways to Add Color
SECTION II—The Recipes
Chapter 11. Developers
Chapter 12. Baryta Coating Surface
Baryta Paper Coating
Chapter 13 . Potassium Chloride (KCl) "Gaslight" Contact Printing Paper
Chapter 14. Three Salts Contact Printing Paper
Chapter 15. Chlorobromide (Kodabromide-Type) All-Purpose Paper
Chapter 16. Bromide Paper for Enlarging and Contact Printing Paper
Chapter 17. Gelatin-Chloride Printing-Out Paper (POP)
Chapter 18. Paper Negatives
SECTION III—The Contributors
Chapter 19. Ian Andvaag
Chapter 20. Radoslaw Brzozowski
Chapter 21. Didier Derien
Chapter 22. Edward Durrill
Chapter 23. Cate Sampson
Chapter 24. George L Smyth
The Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography series focuses the lens on a variety of alternative, historical processes from the medium’s 180-year history. Each book outlines a step-by-step approach to a particular medium, and features contemporary artists who use that particular process regularly in their practice. The richly illustrated books in this series serve as guidebooks for those new to alternative processes, refresher courses for professionals already familiar with each medium, and a source of inspiration for all.