Category Archives: Bookshelf

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The “Blue Print” and Its Variations

Finding historical texts on photographic printing processes can be daunting. The Internet has certainly helped in making out-of-copyright tomes more readily available to the alternative process practitioner. I have been scouring and used book marketplace for original texts on what are today alternative photographic processes. I have by far the most success on […]

A Couple More Texts on Copperplate Photogravure

Finding comprehensive texts on photogravure is a challenge in itself, if you are of the mind to try this extraordinary process. I briefly reviewed Copper Plate Photogravure: Demystifying the Process a few weeks back. It is still in print, and available on at the time of this writing. A second very useful text is […]

A Complete Unknown

I sat in Charles Gatewood’s kitchen this morning with Dana Smith and Charles sipping tea and talking about his book, photography, bookmaking and celebrities. And viral marketing. Must’ve been something in the tea. Charles Gatewood started me on the path of photography, and has accompanied and encouraged me along the way. But that’s another story. […]

221 Pine St.

It is a very, very small world. My son Nikolai and I start Day Three of a photogravure workshop with Jon Goodman today. My impression to this point is that the copper plate photogravure process is simpler than I expected. It is perhaps more accurate to say that Jon Goodman’s approach to this exquisite process […]

Copper Plate Photogravure

I’m sitting pre-dawn in a spartan room at an Econo Lodge in Hadley, Massachusetts. My son and I will start a photogravure workshop with Jon Goodman at 9AM this morning. I was finishing up a more careful read of David Morrish and Marlene MacCallum‘s text Copper Plate Photogravure: Demystifying the Process. Still in print, this […]