- Paperback: 660 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (February 12, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1418073725
- ISBN-13: 978-1418073725
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The first edition was a stunning achievement, and one I felt that was not likely to be superceded. Five short years later Christopher James has created a very new work and a new standard. The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: 2nd Edition is, by far, the best alternative photographic process book ever!" - Richard Sullivan, Founder and Co-Owner, Bostick & Sullivan
"As bit strings take over our photographic being - if not our lives - we need, more than ever, this playful and inspiring manual. James cheerfully and effectively instructs us, whether we are novice or adept, in the alchemical arts of transmuting our expressive photographic images, both digital and analogue, into hand-crafted prints which will forever bear our individual marks." - Dr. Mike Ware, Author of over 50 publications on alternative process, history, process and preservation.
"If I could only have one photography book this would be it." - Tim Whelan Photographic Books
About the Author
Christopher James is an internationally known artist and photographer whose photographs, paintings, and alternative process printmaking have been exhibited in galleries and museums in this country and abroad. His work has been published and shown extensively, including exhibitions in The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The George Eastman House, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The first two editions of his book, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes have received international critical acclaim and are universally recognized by artists, curators, historians, and educators as the definitive texts in the genre of alternative process photography and photographically integrated media and culture. Christopher, after 13 years at Harvard University, is presently University Professor and Director of the MFA in Photography program at The College of Art and Design - Lesley University. He is also a painter, graphic designer, and a professional scuba diver. His web site is www.christopherjames-studio.com
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I waited months to get my hands on this. It was worth the wait. Extremely well-written and entertaining too, there is no doubt this is now the gold standard for what is currently called "alternative photography", but will no doubt be called something else in the near future. After all, silver based photography is in fact already an "alternative" to digital. And digital photography is now providing some of the tools needed to practice alternative techniques in greater depth.
The great yellow father caused the brakes to be put on most of these "alternative" processes many years ago, and halted progress by amateurs via their repugnant secret keeping. I'm hoping that this book, and others like it, in addition to renewed interest in silver and a desire not to allow just one approach to take over again, will lead to renewed research and experimentation by photographers of all levels. If new and better processes don't result from the publication of this book, I will be very surprised.
You will see work and learn about processes that you never could have imagined existed: anthotype and cholorphyll processes (and how some enterprising artists preserve their work in "solid blocks of resin!!), Athenatype, Ziatype - EVERYTHING! And then - you will want to see how those processes could fit into your workflow and developing artistic vision!
Just get this book if you have any interest in photography at all.
Some reviewers have pointed out discrepancies, errors and gaps, and some who have worked with some of these processes may be at odds with some of the workflow and chemistry, but nonetheless it is a landmark book on the subjects presented. The text reflects James’ work as a teacher and artist, so there is reality to workflow, materials, and chemistry described.
The first edition encapsulated the selected alternative processes in some 324 pages. This edition has been greatly expanded to a whooping 601 pages! A book can’t cover every known process, but that would probably double the size of any possible third edition.
The greatly expanded “Safety Considerations” Appendix saves a lot of time chasing down MSD’s, and the addition and updates to processes presented, such as Ware New Cyanotype, Argyrotype, and new Chrysotype are a welcome addition. A nice touch is dividing the bibliography into Contemporary and Early & Historical.
What are missing are the Oil processes, such as Oil Print and Bromoil. Inkjet is covered briefly, and although James covers combination printing, such as Cyanotype with Gum Bichromate, they are scattered around the various processes. I would have liked to have seen a whole section on combo printing, but this is an evolving area and many are experimenting with every conceivable combination of processes, analogue, digital, hand applied and even camera-less methods, such as chemigrams.
This is my “go-to” book for alternative processes, and although not every process is included, it would take years to work through those that are covered. I especially enjoyed “The Cyanotype Mural Experience” as a teaching experience. “The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes” is highly recommended!
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