The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes / Edition 2

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Photographic artists and students of alternative process photography will welcome this new edition of Christopher James' The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. This significantly expanded edition is a full-color, lavishly illustrated, comprehensive resource that explores every aspect of alternative process image making. With his highly conversational writing style, James explores the techniques, processes, idiosyncrasies, history, and cultural connections that are such a significant part of the genre. Best of all, James makes it extremely accessible, providing clear instructions and practical workflow advice. The book delves into a vast menu of alternative and traditional options, among them: calotype, salted paper, cyanotype, argyrotype, chrysotype, POP, kallitype, ambrotype/wet collodion, Van Dyke, platinum/palladium, Ziatype, gelatin dry plate emulsions, carbon, gum bichromate, albumen, hand-applied emulsions, paper, alternative imaging systems, and digital negative production for alternative process image making. This book has become the unanimous standard reference text for alternative process photography, one that students love to read and work from. Not only does this definitive work make the most complex ideas easy to understand, it is conversational, comfortable, inspirational, and fun to read- a tremendous resource and a treasure trove of alternative process images. "The first edition was a stunning achievement, and one I felt that was not likely to be superceded. Five short years later Christopher James has created a very new work and a new standard. The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: 2nd Edition is, by far, the best alternative photographic process book ever!" - Richard Sullivan, Founder and Co-Owner, Bostick & Sullivan "If I could only have one photography book this would be it." -Timothy Whelan, Photographic Books
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Editorial Reviews

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"Christopher James displays in the third edition of this book all his knowledge on the so-called "alternative processes", and offers the reader historical data, formulas and visual examples, all explained with preciseness and clarity. The most interesting feature in this publication is that it opens perspectives for creative events, encourages the desire to explore techniques that are part of the history of photographic representation, and helps to articulate and to confer meaning on the desire of generating images in the present. In brief, his work allows us to visually explore existence and helps to understand the development of contemporary subjectivity."

What a wonderful book! Clear and concise, with all the secrets of the dark arts in one volume. Call it the King James."

"Christopher James' new edition has expanded right alongside the boom in interest in older techniques, as more and more contemporary artists reach backward to look forward. Covering processes from the first discoveries of the 1830's to the latest inventions and re-inventions, the book includes an astonishing breadth of work and a wide range of artists that show just how rich this field has become. If you need any proof that handmade photography is alive and well in the digital age, here it is, in spades."

"The 1st edition set the standard for alternative photo books. The 2nd, was a real knockout, totally unexpected, I thought the 2nd was the landmark edition, that Mr. James could sit back and enjoy life again. Then this happened, the 3rd edition. It's like meal in a Michelin 3-star restaurant, the courses keep coming getting better and better. It's a book not only for a photographer making photographs with these processes, but an essential book for anyone concerned with photography. It should be in a handy reach of every curator, photography dealer, art critic, and photo historian. And lastly, it's just a good read, sit back and enjoy."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418073725
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/12/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 587,225
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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
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Table of Contents

Pinhole Negative Digital Options Calotype Salted paper Anthotype Cyanotype Cyanotype variations Argyrotype Van Dyke, Brown Print & Blue Van Dyke Kallitype Chrysotype Platinum Palladium Ziatype Paper, History & Preparation Gum Bichromate Dichromate Options: Chromatype, 3D Gum, Dusting-On, Alternative Surfaces Carbon POP Hand Applied Emulsions & Tin Type Albumen Wet Collodion & Dry Plate Emulsion Mordancage Appendices: A- Chemistry B- Conversion Tables C- Light D- UV Exposure Unit E- The Plastic Camera F- Your Working Space G- Alternative Process Shopping List H- Resources I- Internet Artist Sites J- Bibliography
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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Fascinating book! Only text book I've ever read cover to cover!

    This is a great book. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a book about 19th century photo processes or early photo history. Christopher James gives a description of each process, a brief history and a "recipe" so to speak on how to do each process. Also he includes lots of pictures and the narrative is easy to read and understand. This was the only text book I ever read cover to cover my entire college career - which says a lot for this book. I also did a work shop with Christopher James and he's about as eccentric as serious photographers come, but he's very knowledgeable about alternate processes. This is the second edition - he's revised and added more information to some of the processes and adjusted some of the chemical recipe's from the first edition and he also includes a few more processes to try. Awesome book. You've got to try reading it.

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