Category Archives: Bookshelf

Artichoke Press

Andrew Cahan, purveyor of truly fine and rare photographic books, suggested during a conversation about Walery’s Nus, Cent photographies originales de Laryew some months back that I should get to know Jonathan Clark, who owns the fine printing firm, Artichoke Press, one town over from me in Mountain View. We finally got together last week […]

The Home and Haunts of Shakespeare

I’ve been hunting down examples of photogravures published around 1900. I’ve been using as a guide the descriptions of examples on the wonderful site One book came up at a reasonable price on, The Homes and Haunts of Shakespeare, by James Leon Williams. What would I do without Wikipedia? While perhaps more known […]

Camera Work XXVI

Widely regarded as the publication that changed the perception of photography from one of purely mechanical reproduction to a fine art, Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work is an exquisite magazine. Demanding the utmost quality in photographic reproduction, Stieglitz illustrated the magazine with some of the finest photogravure work seen at the time. Published between 1903 and […]

The Chrysotype Manual

Mike Ware has politely encouraged me to read more of his work – which in my case is more a re-reading carefully. I had read his Cyanotype book early on (now very out of print, and unlikely to return, and commanding premium prices on the used book market if you can find it) when I […]

New Book Signing July 17, 2009

I put together a retrospective photography book that’s available on the Blurb publishing site entitled A Model Relationship. The book is available for ordering at cost from Blurb’s bookstore – and a short preview is online. The book contains mostly nude studies. I look back on some work I did with a single model over […]

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám

I looked in vain for a copy of Edward FitzGerald’s translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Kháyyám (Persian: رباعیات عمر خیام) from Dodge Publishing in 1905 with photogravure illustrations by Adelaide Hanscom., my great source for used books, showed only the later copies with colored (halftone?) illustrations. On the off chance they were misunderstood by the […]

Sonnets from the Portuguese

I went up to the Antiquarian Book Fair in San Francisco this past weekend. There were many bookstores selling their wares ranging from illuminated manuscripts to 8″ x 10″ glossies of Bettie Page ($500, signed – thanks, I already have one). I was looking for examples of photogravures in books. I stopped at several booths, […]

"Well played!" whispered Monica.

I have been acquisitive of books on photography from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s for a few reasons. First and foremost is to get original source material on photographic printing processes that were not yet considered historical at the time. Second, I’ve been looking for images of vintage equipment and advertisements for use in […]

Mike John Ware

Dr. Mike John Ware is an accomplished British photographer and rigorous chemist. An Oxford University doctorate in chemistry, his research focused on molecular spectroscopy. Mike has undertaken fundamental studies in historic photographic processes and preservation of photographs working with The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television and The Victoria & Albert Museum. Mike brings […]

The Cyanotype Process

I stumbled across a printout of a chapter on cyanotypes from Christopher James’s most excellent book, and I had quite forgotten where I had found it. It turns out the cyanotype process is the sample chapter from his book published  on his website. This is quite a find, it is full of valuable information on […]