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artists and students of alternative process photography will welcome
this new edition of Christopher James' The Book of Alternative
Photographic Processes. This significantly expanded edition is a
full-color, lavishly illustrated, comprehensive resource that explores
every aspect of alternative process image making.
With his highly conversational writing style, James explores the
techniques, processes, idiosyncrasies, history, and cultural
connections that are such a significant part of the genre. Best of all,
Christopher makes it extremely accessible, providing clear instructions
and practical workflow advice. The book delves into a vast menu of
alternative and traditional options, among them: calotype, salted
paper, cyanotype, argyrotype, chrysotype, POP, kallitype, ambrotype/wet
collodion, Van Dyke, platinum/palladium, Ziatype, gelatin dry plate
emulsions, carbon, gum bichromate, albumen, hand-applied emulsions,
paper, alternative imaging systems, and digital negative production for
alternative process image making.
This book has become the unanimous standard reference text for
alternative process photography, one that students love to read and
work from. Not only does this definitive work make the most complex
ideas easy to understand, it is conversational, comfortable,
inspirational, and fun to read- a tremendous resource and a treasure
trove of alternative process images.
"If I could only have one photography book this would be it." -Timothy
Whelan, Photographic Books.
- Over 400 illustrations offer examples of rarely seen
and contemporary work from professional artists such as Sally Mann,
Michael Kenna, Chuck Close, Anselm Keifer, Luis Gonzalez Palma, David
Hockney, the author himself, and more.
- Student artwork from all ability levels is featured
throughout, providing readers with motivation and inspiration.
- Clear instructions and detailed workflow processes make
this an accessible, practical resource.
- Appendices such as Chemistry and Safety, Conversion Tables,
Alternative Process Shopping List, Extensive Bibliography, and
Resources provide a well-rounded introduction to the topic and
opportunities for further exploration.
- An e-resource features
Keynote/Powerpoint presentations, an image library, and table and sink
set-ups so that teachers can spend less time preparing to teach and
more time where their students need them- teaching.
- Examines the history and
techniques including: lensless cameras, calotype, salted paper,
anthotype, cyanotype, argyrotype, chrysotype, POP, kallitype,
ambrotype, wet collodion & gelatin dry plate emulsions, Van
platinum / palladium, Ziatype, carbon, gum bichromate, albumen,
alternative paper, alternative emulsions & imaging systems, and
digital negative workflows.
- An extraordinary and abundant
visual resource featuring historical and contemporary images from
renowned artists and students.
- Complete table and sink set-ups for all alternative
- Extensive appendices including: chemistry and safety,
lists, conversion tables and historical & contemporary
Paperback, 600 pages.