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The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes 3rd Edition

Christopher James

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  • ISBN-10: 1305805860
  • ISBN-13: 9781305805866
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  • ISBN-10: 1285089316
  • ISBN-13: 9781285089317
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THE BOOK OF ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES, 3rd Edition, is the definitive text for students and professionals studying alternative photographic processes and the art of hand-made photographic image making. This edition brings the medium up to date with new and historic processes that are integrated with the latest contemporary innovations, adaptations, techniques, and art work. More than 700 illustrations featuring historical examples and contemporary art, are included. Each chapter introduces the history of a technique, presents an overview of the process that is featured, reviews its chemistry, and provides practical guidance. Traditional and digital contact negative production is also included.

Christopher James, The College of Art and Design at Lesley University

Christopher James is an internationally known artist and photographer whose photographs, paintings, and alternative process printmaking have been exhibited in galleries and museums in this country and abroad. His work has been published and shown extensively, including exhibitions in The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The George Eastman House, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The first two editions of his book, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes have received international critical acclaim and are universally recognized by artists, curators, historians, and educators as the definitive texts in the genre of alternative process photography and photographically integrated media and culture. Christopher, after 13 years at Harvard University, is presently University Professor and Director of the MFA in Photography program at The College of Art and Design - Lesley University. He is also a painter, graphic designer, and a professional scuba diver. His web site is
  • Clear instructions and detailed workflow processes make this an accessible, practical resource.
  • Appendices such as Chemistry, Conversion Tables, Light and Exposure, an Alternative Process Shopping List, Resources, and Bibliography provide a well-rounded introduction to the topic and opportunities for further exploration.
  • Online Instructor Resources feature Keynote/PowerPoint presentations, an image library, and table and sink set-ups so that instructors can spend less time preparing to teach and more time actually teaching.
  • James thoroughly examines history and techniques, including lensless cameras, calotype, salted paper, anthotype, cyanotype, argyrotype, chrysotype, POP, kallitype, ambrotype, wet collodion and gelatin dry plate emulsions, Van Dyke, platinum/palladium, Ziatype, carbon, gum bichromate, albumen, alternative paper, alternative emulsions & imaging systems, and digital negative workflows.
  • Providing an extraordinary and abundant visual resource, striking illustrations offer examples of rarely seen historical images and contemporary work from such professional artists 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.

The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes


Forward Matter.
1. Making Art With a Box of Air: The Pinhole & Camera Obscura.
2.The Anthotype and Chlorophyll Process: The Art of Printing With Flowers and Vegetation.
3. The Calotype Process and The Art of Fixing Shadows.
4. Bayard's Direct Positive Process - 1839.
5. The Salted Paper Process.
6. The Whey Process.
7. The Cyanotype Process.
8. The Cyanotype: Variations & Inventions.
9. The Argyrotype Process.
10. The Chrysotype.
11. Fumed Silica/Alumina.
12. The Kallitype Process.
13. The Platinum & Palladium Process.
14. The Ziatype Process.
15. The Athenatype Process.
16. The Albumen Process.
17. Wet Plate Collodion Process: Tintypes, Ambrotypes & Glass Plate Negatives.
18. The Gum Bichromate Process.
19. Dichromate Options: The Chromatype, 3-D Gum, Alternative Surfaces for Gum, The Dusting-On Process.
20. Carbon.
21. The Van Dyke, B-V-D & Brownprint.
22. POP: Printing Out Paper and Toners.
23. Hand Applied Emulsions and Contemporary Dry Plate.
24. The Non-Digital Negative: Alternative Process Options.
25. The Digital Chapter: An Odd History, The Digital Arts - A Personal Perspective, Workflow and Curves.
26. Inkjet Intaglio: Direct to Plate Photopolymer Process.
27. Paper and Alternative Substrates: History & Preparation.
28. Light Markings: Thinking While Writing and Alternative Odds and Ends.
A. Chemistry.
B. Conversion Tables.
C. Light & Exposure Options.
D. A Simple UV Exposure Unit.
E. An Alternative Process Work Space.
F. Alternative Process Shopping List.
G. Resources, Artist's Links, and Internet Sites.
H. Bibliography: Historical and Contemporary.

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Instructor Companion Website

ISBN: 9781285089331
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