Tuesday, May 8, 2007

A brief introduction to alternative photographic processes

Alternative process photography is a blanket term for photographic work which deviates from standard camera and darkroom techniques. In general, alternative photographic processes are more labor intensive and progress at a slower pace than traditional darkroom or camera techniques. While many of them not considered overly difficult to master, others are very complicated. The easiest of these processes have a level of complexity which requires a solid working knowledge of photographic technique. Most of them aren't for beginners. Alternative processes place a much greater emphasis on handicraft and hand made prints, often resulting in unique, one of a kind works of art.

The goal for my upcoming sabbatical is to explore alternative photographic processes. The goal for this blog is to report on my progress as I make work while exploring them. Over the next few posts, I’ll briefly describe some of these processes.

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