The old processes
Photographic printing processes from the mid and late nineteenth century offer a wide variety of printed surface, colour and texture that differ markedly from the very clean, almost clinical, appearance of modern digital images. The early photographic processes (aka ‘alternative photography’) require a real hands-on approach in the choice of paper, chemistry and coating, providing every opportunity for the printmaker to produce individual and beautifully aesthetic work.
The starting point can be a film negative or a digital image – from either phone or camera - then it’s really a question of deciding how the final print should be visualised and created. With images from your smart phone or digital camera, a negative can be created - of any size - and printed on a desk-top inkjet printer. The negative can then be sandwiched with sensitised art-paper and exposed to the sun or any source of ultra violet light before being processed, washed, dried and mounted.