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Spirits of Salts: Working Guide to Old Photographic Processes Paperback – 20 Oct 1999
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Traditional processes offer the fine-art image-maker an abundance of options with which to create antique works of art. This book offers a practical, darkroom-based manual of such processes.
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In short, I wish I'd bought this one first, not the other book.
But do not expect that you can learn any of these processes to some practical extent from the instructions in this book. The book contains, apart from a description of general equipment and technigues (like how to coat a paper), introductions into, among others, salt prints, cyanotypes, Van Dyke and Kallitypes, Platinum, Bromoil, Oil, Carbon transfer, gum and casein printing. But none of these introductions is detailed enough, or covers the parameters necessary to get any control over a process. One example: it is widely known that relative humidity of the printing environment and the paper is an absolutely critical parameter in platinum/palladium printing. But no hint about this is given in the book. As for gum prints: you will not succeed properly covering a paper with the emulsion of gum arabic, dichromate, and colour pigment with the method described. And, though the possibility is just mentioned, no method of multiple registering of the negative is given, nor are the problems connected with this described.
All in all, I might recommend, with some reservatios, buying this book only as a first introduction into an unknown field.