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  1. monkeykoder

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    I'm looking for recommended books on alternative processes. I'm probably not ready to try it yet but all the more reason to study it while I'm on my way there no?
     
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    John Barnier, Coming into Focus comes to mind as a good introduction. Good bedtime reading! :smile:
     
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    judy siegel - the world journal of post factory photogrpahy. al sorts of good advise and information to get your brain thinking.
     
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    I found Keepers of the Light to be good for both a historical background and for learning the processes. You can usually get a copy cheap on the used market.

    - Randy
     
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    specific to platinum/palladium and Ziatype, The New Platinum Print by Sullivan & Weese. You can order it through Bostick & Sullivan, who are sponsors of this site.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions it would be great if you could find that kind of book in a store to check it out I hate going in blind.
     
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    Well, I found the Coming into Focus at my local city library. At a later date, when I had the money I bought a copy. Worth every penny to me.
     
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    I will second 'the book of alternative photographic processes' by Christopher James. it's fantastic overview of pretty much everything, I believe. it's also a very good read with lot's of inspiring images.

    -david
     
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    I'll third it.
    You could try searching amazon as some of the alt process books (Barnier does but James doesnt) have the opportunity to look at a few pages which is often enough to decide.

    When in the same situation about a year ago I also found http://www.alternativephotography.com and http://www.unblinkingeye.com/ very useful source of articles and examples.
    AFAIK the post factory photography isnt active anymore and I havent been able to find any pdfs around. Although the Sullivan book on Pt/Pd is reputedly superb I went for a more general book 1st to try and get a grip on what took my interest. (Its blue blue blue blue except when its stained black black black :grin:smile:

    Good luck and have fun
     
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    Christopher james has sample chapters of his book on his website which is stated aboved
     
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    Well I ordered a copy of Coming into Focus off of half.com ($12.24 after shipping who can say no) so we'll see how that one treats me :smile: I'll probably pick up Christopher James' book at a later time.
     
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    Hi, A very good book not yet mentioned is Spirits of Salts, by Randall Webb & Martin Reed. Available from Silverprint in the UK. Martin Reed is the proprietor of Silverprint as well. An eclectic mix of photographs as well as a good technical manual.
    Alex
     
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    So far I have to say I'm happy with picking up Coming into Focus. It's a step up from just a technical manual.
     
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    Go to the local library and ask them to Inter-library loan any book that you wish to review before buying. The library is a wealth of information, yet few people use what they have to offer. The library should be able to get just about any book out there that is not overly rare. I use them all the time for just this purpose and it has saved me a great deal of money.

    - Randy
     
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    You might also want to check out this book that I posted about before here on APUG. Although it isn't a cookbook for Alternative Process, this book by William E.Leyshon does cover a lot of the historic photographic processes and may be a nice introduction to it all...

    PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 19th CENTURY: A process identification guide
    Author:William E.Leyshon

    You can find a link to a downloadable PDF of the entire book in the Links section of APUG here:

    http://www.apug.org/portal/?id_category=93

    Marco