Bromoil: A Foundation Course

Bromoil: A Foundation Course

by Derek Watkins
     
 

It’s been around for 100 years, but the bromoil process is enjoying a revival among even beginning photographers because of its ability to produce stunningly unique and unrepeatable works of art. The process may sound complicated—bleaching out the silver image from a conventional monochrome print and replacing it with an image formed from oily

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It’s been around for 100 years, but the bromoil process is enjoying a revival among even beginning photographers because of its ability to produce stunningly unique and unrepeatable works of art. The process may sound complicated—bleaching out the silver image from a conventional monochrome print and replacing it with an image formed from oily pigment—but each step is explained in simple terms by an expert who displays over 100 examples of his own work. The techniques of bleaching, tanning, and inking the matrix are shown in detailed photos from start to finish, all produced in an ordinary darkroom.

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Most of us have seen bromoil prints without realizing it. First devised in 1907, the bromoil process involves bleaching out the silver image from a conventional black-and-white print and replacing it with an image formed from an oil pigment. During the inking process, there are limitless opportunities to manipulate the image; the result is a unique work of art with very painterly and atmospheric aspects. Here, Watkins, the author of several photography books, clearly explains the techniques of bleaching and tanning (to produce a matrix) and inking the matrix. This is the only widely available (i.e., not self-published) book on the topic. Recommended for advanced students of fine art photography.


—Daniel Lombardo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861083333
Publisher:
Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, Limited
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)

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