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  • Digital Negatives with QuadToneRIP by Christina Z. Anderson
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    Digital Negatives with QuadToneRIP is a text that fully explores how the QuadToneRIP printer driver can be used to make expert digital negatives. The book takes a comprehensive, “under-the-hood” look at how Roy Harrington’s QTR printer driver can be adapted for use by artists in several different creative practice areas. The text is written from the Mac/Photoshop point of view. The book is divided into three parts. Part One is a step-by-step how-to section that will appeal to both beginning and more advanced practitioners. Part One includes quickstart guides­ or summary sheets for beginning students who want to jump into using QTR before understanding all of its functional components. Part Two addresses dimroom, darkroom, and printmaking practices, walking the reader through brief workflows from negative to print for lithium palladium, gum bichromate, cyanotype, salted paper, kallitype, silver gelatin and polymer photogravure, with a sample profile for each. It also includes an introduction to a new software iteration of QTR: QuickCurve-DN (QCDN). Part Three is devoted to contemporary practitioners who explain how they use QTR in their creative practice. The book includes: A list of supplies and software needed, A summary QTR glossary with a simple explanation of how each function works, A sample walk-through to create a QTR profile from start to finish, How to linearize profiles with simple to more exacting tools, A visual guide to modifying functions, Quickstart guides for many of the workflows, Instructions for crafting monochrome, duotone, tricolor, and quadcolor negatives, Instructions for using QTR to print silver gelatin in the darkroom. Instructions for using QTR to print alternative processes in the dimroom, Instructions for using QTR to print polymer photogravure in the printmaking room, Introductory chapter to QuickCurve-DN software, Troubleshooting common QTR problems, Generic starter profiles for processes discussed, Contemporary artists: their work and QTR process. Learning how to craft expert digital negatives can be a bit overwhelming at the outset. Digital Negatives with QuadToneRip makes the process as user-friendly as possible. Like other books in the series, Digital Negatives with QuadToneRIP will be thoroughly comprehensive, accessible to different levels of learner, and illustrative of the contemporary arts.

    • $57.00
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    The Bostick & Sullivan Book of Modern Carbon Printing written by Richard Sullivan. 

    This is a free e-book which you can download here.

    The book goes over carbon printing methods in great detail and is good for anyone wanting to learn about carbon printing. 

    It is a free download. Please do not add it to your cart. 

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  • Platinotype by Pradip Malde with Mike Ware
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    Platinotype
    Making Photographs in Platinum and Palladium with the Contemporary Printing-out Process
    By Pradip Malde, Mike Ware

    Platinotype: Making Photographs in Platinum and Palladium with the Contemporary Printing-out Process describes the mechanisms and chemistry of platinum/palladium printing in safe and practical ways. Clearly presented formulae allow the printer to work with platinum, palladium, or varying combinations of both. The printed-out image appears fully during exposure, and only requires simple and safe steps for clearing to a stable, archival state.

    The authors explain what makes the image, how all necessary components are prepared and used, and the kind of paper and negative needed to make prints. More than just a technical manual, the book underscores the authors' belief that printing is a creative, scientific, and philosophic way of working. The book presents an outstanding collection of prints by over 40 artists, all made with this printing-out process. The artists' notes and comments offer insights into their methods and thinking, and a large number of full-page reproductions serve as a valuable reference for the aspiring printer.

    The book includes:

    A list of supplies and equipment
    A detailed chemical glossary
    A Quick-start section in the Preface
    Summary sheets and workflows for each step of the process
    Instructions for making traditional negatives with Pyro PMK and digital negatives
    Explanation of the chemistry and dynamics of paper, and how to use buffered papers
    Instructions for controlling hydration processes and humidity
    Instructions for preparing each chemical solution needed for the process
    Discussion about the aesthetics of the platinum/palladium print
    Explanation of the relationships between light, image, and expression
    A detailed troubleshooting list
    Recommendations from conservators about processing, handling, and conservation
    Contemporary artists using the printing-out platinum/palladium process.

     

    Learning how to make platinum/palladium prints has been cloaked in a mystique of difficulty. Platinotype presents the process as a set of clearly explained and defined steps. Like other books in the series, Platinotype is a detailed and inspiring manual, accessible to both novices and experts, and illustrative of the contemporary arts.

     

    • $57.00
  • Gum Printing by Christina Z. Anderson
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     Gum Printing: A Step-by-Step Manual, Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice is a two-part book on gum bichromate written by the medium’s leading expert, Christina Z. Anderson. Section One provides a step-by-step description of the gum printing process. From setting up the “dimroom” (no darkroom required!) to evaluating finished prints, it walks the reader through everything that is needed to establish a firm gum practice with the simplest of setups at home. Section Two showcases contemporary artists’ works, illustrating the myriad ways gum is conceptualized and practiced today. The works in these pages range from monochrome to colorful and from subtle to bold, representing a variety of genres, including still lifes, portraits, nudes, landscapes, urbanscapes and more. Featuring over 80 artists and 400 full-color images, Gum Printing is the most complete overview of this dynamic and expressive medium that has yet appeared in print. Key topics covered include: The history of gum, Simple digital negatives for gum, platinum, and cyanotype, Preparing supplies, Making monochrome, duotone, tricolor, and quadcolor gum prints, Printing gum over cyanotype, Printing gum over platinum, Troubleshooting gum, Advice on developing a creative practice.

    • $66.00
  • Salted Paper Printing by Christina Z. Anderson
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    Salted Paper Printing: A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Contemporary Artists is a book about the first photography-on-paper process from the dawn of photography’s history. In Salted Paper Printing this 19th century process is updated with 21st century digital negative methods. With a few inexpensive ingredients such as ordinary table salt and silver nitrate, evocative hand-coated prints can be created from a camera as simple as a smartphone. Salted Paper Printing is divided into two parts, richly illustrated with close to 400 photographs. Part One is a complete how-to on the salted paper process from simple to complex, with an extensive troubleshooting guide illustrated with 70 photographic examples. Part One includes creative ideas to push the boundaries of the salted paper print, such as handcoloring and printing salt in combination with gum bichromate. Part Two is devoted to contemporary salted paper artists who share their methods and secrets to creating their beautiful salted paper prints. Topics that the book covers are: a succinct bulleted timeline of key events in salted paper’s history; how to organize the salted paper “dimroom”; what the best chemistry supplies, equipment, and papers to use are; a step-by-step digital negative method; how to practice photogenic drawing, William Henry Fox Talbot’s original salted paper process; simple and advanced methods of salted paper printing; how to salt, salt-size, and sensitize paper with traditional and animal-friendly methods; using the sun or an ultraviolet light source to best expose your image; step-by-step processing directions; toning the salted paper print with gold, platinum, and other metals; troubleshooting salted paper, including lots of photographs of common issues; printing gum over salted paper to add gloss, tone, or full color to the salt print; handcoloring salted paper, printing cyanotype and salt together, and other creative suggestions; finishing, framing, and storing salt prints with examples of varnish, mat and frame choices; contemporary artists’ advice, techniques, and works in 2-, 4-, or 6-page spreads. Salted Paper Printing provides much for the beginning salt enthusiast as well as for the advanced practitioner. Backed with thorough research from 180 books, journals, and magazine articles from 1839 to the present day, there is enough information to provide inspiration and proof of salted paper’s original— and continuing—place in historic and contemporary photography.

     

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    Written by internationally acclaimed artist and photographer Christopher James, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: 3rd Edition is the definitive text for students and professionals studying alternative photographic processes and the art of hand-made photographic image making. This innovative Third Edition brings the medium up to date with new and historic processes that are integrated with the latest contemporary innovations, adaptations, techniques, and art work. This 900 page edition is packed with more than 700 exquisite illustrations featuring historical examples as well as the art that is currently being made by contemporary alternative process artists, teachers, and students of the genre. The 3rd edition is a complete and comprehensive technical and aesthetic resource exploring and delving into every aspect of alternative photographic process photography. Each chapter introduces the history of a technique, presents an overview of the alternative photographic process that will be featured, reviews its chemistry, and provides practical and easy to follow guidance in how to make it work. In his conversational writing style, James also explores the idiosyncrasies, history, and cultural connections that are such a significant part of the history of photography. Featuring traditional and digital contact negative production as well as an array of processes, spread out over 28 chapters, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: 3rd Edition delivers clear instructions, practical workflows and advice, humor, history, art, and immeasurable inspiration

    • $79.95
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    Alternative Photographic Processes teaches techniques, both analog & digital, allowing artists to bring a personal touch through manipulation of a photograph, the negative, and the print. This book stands apart from recent publications on alternative processes by presenting a range of new approaches and methods to achieve popular techniques, as well as providing step-by-step guidance for an array of unique techniques meant to inspire artists working in various mediums. Through detailed guidance, working artist examples, and info about the contemporary use of these processes, this book will provide instruction for students, educators, and artists to expand their creative toolbox.

    • $46.00
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    Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes is the culmination of 10 years of research in resources from the beginning of photography to present day. Start with a Digital Negatives chapter co-written with Ron Reeder, with a step by step digital negative method simple enough for all to understand but complex enough for even the most demanding processes.

    • $49.95
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    As technology advances in the world of photography, a passionate crowd of professionals, students, and hobbyists is returning to the darkroom in search of a more authentic, handmade feel to their art. Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes shows how to do just that. Packed with stunning imagery, how-to recipes, techniques, and historical information on the evolution of processes, this guide provides the instruction to emulate the ethereal, dream-like feel of alternative processing. Whether in a darkroom using traditional chemicals, at the kitchen sink with pantry staples, or in front of the computer re-creating techniques digitally, you will learn how to add a richness and depth to your photography like never before.

    • $41.95
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    By Eric Renner. An extensive guide to Pinhole Photography. The new revised 4th edition. Paperback.

    • $44.95
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    Howard Efner's how-to guide to the esoteric physautotype process, a system developed by Daguerre and Niepce which pre-dates the invention of photography. The physautotype produces ghostly images on glass or metal plates using pine rosin, lavender oil and alcohol.

    • $20.00
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    Unknown Tuscany is the first book of Patrick Alt's photographic work, taking the viewer on a journey to out-of-the-way places and overlooked details of this most famous part of Italy. Shot with his 8 x 10 inch, large-format camera and rendered in the exquisite platinum process, these images trace his travels through the back roads of the Tuscan countryside. This dark green silk covered book will capture the reader with more than 70 images of Tuscany.

    • $35.00
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