Advanced darkroom books

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  1. Ondrej1

    Ondrej1 Member

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    It's time for me for some amazon.com book shopping and I want to add some advanced darkroom book(s) to other items. Last time I bought Adams' trilogy, which is wonderful (although I use mainly Print part) and Anchell's The Variable Contrast Printing Manual, which is not exactly what I was looking for (too much reference, too few samples) but still good purchase.

    I am not interested in reference type of books, more in theory plus lot of samples books. After some searching I put on my wish list following:
    • Carson Graves: The Elements of Black and White Printing, Second Edition
    • Bernhard Suess: Mastering Black-and-White Photography: From Camera to Darkroom
    • Ansel Adams: Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs

    Any recommendations, warnings, suggestions of entirely different books...
    will be much appreciated
     
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    Tim Rudman's books are worth a read - both for information and inspiration.
     
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    Why beyond monochrome by Woodhouse and Lambrecht
     
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    John Blakemore's Black & White Photography Workshop
    Edge of Darkness-Barry Thornton
    Darkroom 1 and 2- published by Lustrum Press in the 70s but you should be able to turn up a copy on the net.
     
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    Our own Les McLean's "Creative Black and White Photography."
     
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    If I were to choose one book, I'd go with Tim Rudmans rather old "Master Printing Course", a gem with practical information which should be a perfect followup on your Adams' reading. It really inspires you to experiment.

    For alternative processes, try Jill Enfields "Photo Imaging".
     
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    Also Ansel Adams' :

    "The Negative" and "The Print" will both complement "The Making of 40 Photos"
     
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    My two favorites are Bruce Barnbaum, Art of Photography (out of print) and Tim Rudman's Master Photography book. For examples, I'd look at Larry Bartlett's Black and White: Photographic Printing Workshop.......this is a pretty amazing book if you are learning to make an expressive print. All three of these books are listed on amazon (although Bruce Barnbaum's book isn't cheap used!)
     
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    The ones I have are (in no particular order):

    John Blakemore's Black & White Photography Workshop
    Tim Rudman's Master Printing Course
    Les McLean's Creative Black and White Photography
    Barry Thornton's Edge of Darkness

    All I can say so far is that they all are well written and informative. I hope that soon I will find the time to practice and learn what they are teaching.
     
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    You do mean "Way beyond................" right?
    Kind regards
    Søren
     
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    You can get Bruce Barnbaum's latest edition of Art of Photography at his website
    Would also recommend Eddie Ephraums Creative Elements: Darkroom Techniques for Landscape Photography.
     
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    Barnbaum Book

    This is the book along with the info on Michael Smith's website that changed my darkroom work forever. Buy it!!
    Best, Peter
     
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    That's the essential bit.
     
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    The Suess book you mention is not what most readers would call an advanced book, more an introduction, IMHO one of the two best ones to buy at that level as a practial hands-on book.

    The more advanced book from Suess is:

    Creative Black-and-White Photography
    by Bernard J Suess. (Allworth Press)
    Follows on from Mastering Black-and-White Photography with more advanced techniques.

    I don't think anyone mentioned Post Exposure by Ctein, I found that explained quite a few things very well for me.

    In terms of moving your photography along don't forget attending a good workshop and viewing exhibitions, I think there is much truth in this quotation (which presumably you'd agree or you wouldn't be posting here!):

    "Your own photography is never enough. Every photographer who has lasted has depended on other people’s pictures too – photographs that may be public or private, serious or funny, but that carry with them a reminder of community."

    Robert Adams in “Why People Photograph”
     
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    Another essential book (along with his earlier 'Beauty in Photography').
     
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    The one book that has made the most difference in my work is "Way Beyond Monochrome" by Woodhouse and Lambrecht
     
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    Thank to all who responded, it is wonderful to have APUG here.

    Way Beyond Monochrome,
    Edge of Darkness, and The Photographer's Master Printing Course were on my list but unfortunately they are now unavailable at amazon.com, i will try to find them elsewhere.

    Thank you for poining out John Blakemores Black & White Photography Workshop, it seems this is what I was looking for. Well I like the title picture anyway, so most likely I will buy this one as well.

    As for Barnbaum´s Art of Photography, I will try to contact the author via his website, if he can send it across the pond. Ctein´s book is on my watch list as well.
     
  18. Shypii90

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    I have this great darkroom book but I don't know if it's Advanced enough for your needs:

    "The Essential Darkroom Book" by Grill & Scanlon (published 1983 though)
     
  19. Black Dog

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    The John Blakemore is the book to go for if you only get one-IMO it's a future classic! Keep a lookout for the others in 2nd hand bookshops.