19th century processes

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  1. zgan

    zgan Member

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    If you want to reproduce a 19th century photo process such as salt prints or albumen prints.How do you determine what paper to use so it looks and feels like the original
    thanks zgan
     
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    I suppose the best thing would be to walk into a store and start fondling the paper with an original in hand. Of course, this doesn't guarantee that the paper will actually work...

    That said, I can tell you that for Albumen printing the best choice and most "authentic" feeling paper is Strathmore 500 1-ply Plate.
     
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    You do research to find out what qualities the paper of the time exhibited.
    Most papers of the 19th century were sized with gelatin, but not all. Also, they were generally very light in weight.
     
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    Is it readily available from the usual suspects, or do you have a tip about a supplier?
     
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    Chazzy, there are loads of threads about papers in this forum, so do a little searching and you'll find tons of useful information from the folks here about which papers work and which don't.

    Yesterday's Papers, by Martin Reed of Silverprint is a good place to start for historical info. So is Alternative Photography

    I've been using Cotman 90gsm paper for kallitype and cyanotype. Bockingford doesn't work for kallitype, at least IME. A friend has had good results with The Langton HP for salties.
     
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  6. David A. Goldfarb

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    The best price I've found on Strathmore 500 1-ply Plate finish for albumen printing has been online at Jerry's Artarama in quantities of 25 sheets or more.