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.


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 […]

Precious Resources

Books on alternative processes have a fairly small audience in the greater scheme of things, and once out of print can become as precious as the cost of materials for the process itself. While teaching a platinum printing with digital negatives class with Kim Weston this weekend I mentioned that the bible for the process […]

Platinum and Digital Negatives Workshop with Kim Weston

I will be once again teaching a making digital negatives class and platinum printing with Kim Weston. We taught this class last year and had a blast. The students made beautiful full tonal range prints very quickly, and learned how to calibrate and manage any alternative process. We had time to explore the New Cyanotype […]

Modernbook Gallery

One of the coolest things about living in Palo Alto is Modernbook Gallery. A phenomenal photography gallery started November 1, 1999 and now a fixture now in the Bay Area arts scene, the gallery changes exhibits six times a year and can be scene at art fairs like the upcoming LA Art Show which runs […]