"...Finally Tim has produced the book, The Master Photographer's Lith Printing Course, as the definitive guide to creative lith printing...(it) removes the mysteries surrounding the making of lith prints. Written in a clear and readable style it sets out to explain how to control the process and achieve consistency in results.
The Master Photographer's Guide to Lith Printing is the definitive guide to lith printing. After reading it I adjourned to the little darkened room...and produced the best set of lith prints that I have ever made." -- Les McLean, fine art printer. Photon Magazine. Dec.-Feb. '98-99.
"Back in October we introduced you to the wonders and secrets of lith printing. If you got bitten by the
bug, then you should definitely buy this book. ... practical advice to take the reader from a basic understanding of black & white to lith printing ... finishing with some advanced techniques ... accompanied by comparative images, many of which are simply stunning." -- Patrick Mullan. Practical Photography March 99
"If there is any negative thinking about the darkroom in the light of the digital march, then this book will develop plenty of positive thoughts. Tim Rudman's expertise is renowned both for his previous comprehensive book on darkroom work 'The Photographer's Master Printing Course', as Chairman of the RPS Photographic Printing Distinctions Panel, and much lecturing and exhibiting. This book which is much more than a workshop primer will enhance his position...A look through this book convinces because of the real beauty and variety of the illustrations. The text tells in detail just how to achieve the subtle tonalities and image colours for many different types of image, in a way that is not boring, yet avoids the 'hey, try this one folks!' irritating tenor of some technique books...In summary this is an attractive primer that imparts confidence, dealing with some difficult practices without deterring. -- Roy Green. The Photographic Journal...of The Royal Photographic Society. Dec.1998
"In conclusion, The Master Photographer's Lith Printing Course is a long overdue, detailed book, both instructional and inspirational. Beautifully illustrated with 160 photographs, the book inspires new ideas whilst showing step by step how to achieve these effects in the darkroom...(it) demystifies lith printing allowing everyone to create prints of extraordinary beauty..." -- Ilford Exposures Magazine. Feb. 99
"Lith printing and the infectious development which gives it its special look is the photographic epitome of the phrase 'to them that have shall be given'. Dr. Tim Rudman's book features a simplicity of explanation coupled with detailed information for those who require it. (It) contains immensely detailed comparisons...lists all materials...easy to follow instructions...demystifying the jargon...shows sheer depth of his research by identifying the colour change sequences of different papers when they are lith developed.
This is the only book, to my knowledge, which deals with lith printing in anything like a detailed manner. Fortunately it's a cracker, and if the idea of expanding your darkroom bag of tricks by a huge degree attracts, it'll be the most worthwhile money you spend". -- Joel Lacey. Amateur Photographer. Dec '98
"Lith printing is a subject which Tim Rudman has made very much his own. It is unlikely that anyone else has researched the subject so thoroughly ... Whilst he is the leading authority on the subject, he is also someone who cares passionately about sharing his knowledge in a readily comprehensible and digestible form, so this book is suitable for both the complete novice and the experienced darkroom worker. ... I doubt it is possible to heap too much praise on this book. It is beautiful to look at, rich in information and a model in clarity. For any serious darkroom worker ... it has to be a 'must'." -- Photo Art International. Jan. 99
"Tim Rudman really has become the ultimate guru on lith printing techniques and, as usual, he holds back no secrets in this definitive guide. This is not just an excellent text, it is beautiful to look at...The book's 10 chapters cover not only the basics and advanced aspects of lith printing itself, but also toning, bleach and redevelopment techniques and lith lookalike effects, supplemented by a trouble shooting guide, various useful tables. Apart from the superb photographs, two things stand out about this book: the clarity with which Tim explains every aspect of the process and the comprehensive nature of his research into the different materials which can be used. The book is full of useful hints and tips, words of warning and trouble shooting information: Tim wants your attempts at lith printing to be as successful as his, and leaves no stone unturned in providing all the advice you will need - whether an experienced lith worker or a complete novice". -- MONO magazine. Jan/Feb. '99
From the Author
Lith printing demystified
Lith Printing is one of the most versatile and beautiful 'monochrome' printing processes. I put 'monochrome' in quotes because although only mono papers are used the results can be surprisingly colourful. Lith printing must not be confused with lith negative processes. Any normal negative can be used and infra red negs are especially suitable - in fact I don't think there is any comparable way of printing infra red. Negatives print hard in the shadows and soft in the highlights - which can be wonderfully grainless and delicate with smooth creamy soft tones. Highlights and shadows can also be controlled independently of each other, giving tremendous control and enhanced creative possibilities. Lith prints respond to toners with an enthusiasm you may not be accustomed to with conventional prints and the whole process will open your eyes to new ways of expressing yourself through your prints. If you think this sounds fanciful try it for yourself, BUT BE WARNED the process is addictive and can seriously improve your printing! This is to the best of my knowledge currently the first and only book on this subject which is most suitable for the home darkroom. It is aimed at all levels from beginner to advanced and will 'demystify' this lovely technique. Tim Rudman.