Author Archives: bpawlowski

I have been studying photography and historic photographic processes for a few years. Working in platinum and palladium, silver, cyanotype, and most recently polymer gravure. I combine digital and analog processes with wild abandon.

Eastman Museum at Home

Ok. You’ve binge watched every episode of GoT for the third time. And there is no end in sight to the pandemic. What’s a photographer to do? The George Eastman Museum at Home has an online series of outstanding videos on photography. The history and description of processes (excellent) and DIY videos. One of my […]

Image Variations – Film Emulation

The death of film was not really exaggerated – that much. Many many films are no longer made. Companies that made classic film stocks are no longer in business. I really started in photography at the twilight of the classical darkroom era. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, most of my work in alternative processes […]

“If it was good enough for Edward Weston…” – Developing Film by Inspection

Consider doing film development by inspection.


Mike Ware’s Cyanotype book published in 1999 is the definitive bible on the process. It describes not only Herschel’s original method from 1842 but also Mike Ware’s update to it. Long out of print, copies would go for sale occasionally for $100’s. In 2014, Mike released an online update of the reference book entitled Cyanomicon. […]

Woodburytype – Men of Mark

The Woodburytype is a photomechanical reproduction process that is the only process that reproduces the continuous tone  seen in a real photograph. While a copperplate photogravure produces a continuous tone, the resulting image is not strictly “photographic” but much more interpretive and somewhat graphic (and of course gorgeous). As Wikipedia relates the Woodburytype process entails: […]

A Weekend in Bed with Christina Z. Anderson

I just spent the weekend mostly in bed reading Christina Z. Anderson’s new book Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes. Quite satisfying actually. I have Chris’s previous book The Experimental Photography Workbook, 6th Edition which I use as a reference for alternative processes. It was in that book that I was first exposed […]

Lumen Prints

I had come across a form of photogram called Lumen Prints, from Christina Z. Anderson’s book Experimental Photography Workbook, 6th Edition. The process is simple: arrange objects on a sheet of regular B+W paper, place under glass, place in sun for several hours. Use standard silver gelatin paper as a Printing Out Paper. Then wash in […]

End of Year Resolution

New Year’s Resolution – I will blog once a week in the coming year until I am caught up in my writing. But let me blast out one entry on New Year’s Eve to set the bit. It’s been a pretty dry year for writing, but I have been doing photography (when not studying Art […]

Your Tax Dollars at Work

I would say it’s been a while since my last entry. I’ll try to catch up. The Library of Congress has a cool guide to photographic printing processes used in the making of the works in its Prints and Photographs Division. There are many high resolution images on line (more than one million of the 19 […]

Essential Equipment

If you’re in the middle of inking plates for printing, how do you move a clean sheet of moistened paper to the inked plate on the press without leaving fingerprints? I’ve been taking the Alternative Photographic Processes class at the Academy of Art, from Maureen Delaney,  in San Francisco this semester – in pursuit (part […]