Lith Printing Question
One of my former students, now back in France after studying in Brooklyn, NY, has contacted me asking about lith printing. In particular he has seen lith printing results that yield prints with a grainy look. He is more interested in that effect than in the warm tones lith printing yields. I know very little about lith printing so I'm hoping someone can steer me to an article/website that explains what materials and techniques generate these results.
Have him buy Tim Rudman's books.
There are dozens of threads on lith printing here on APUG, a quick search should yield plenty.
As Eddie said, Tim Rudman's books are the best source. There is little, if any, debate about that.
I don't know if this answers the question, but Wolfgang Moersch has quite a lot of information available on his web-site. I enclose a link.
Shorter exposure = higher contrast = more grain and less colorful results. I recently had some very grainy results with Fomabrom Variant.
Online ressources: http://www.lithprint.com/
Yep, Fomabrom variant III 111/112 (glossy/matt) for example is good for grain and less colour.
I've had some fun grainy results using non-lith paper for kicks. Or more specifically Ilford WT paper that stated on the box "does not suit lith printing well". Can't remember the exact name of the paper right now and my notes are about 500 miles away so I'll have to get back to you. The paper took quite a while to develop but once the silver crystals caught on the contagious spread was pretty rapid. A fun experiment and probably will suit certain images better then others and maybe will be helpful in what your student is after.
Here's a link to Tim Rudman's list of Lith Papers from 2008 http://www.alternativephotography.co..._2Sep_2008.pdf
Kentmere Fineprint VC is known to be grainy in Lith. Fomabrom seems to be the grain leader though.
I have used Forte Bromofort for this. Especially the matte paper is wonderful. I think all bromide papers liths grainy.
That's correct. The ones that actually DO lith, that is. As mentioned earlier, the Foma 111/112 papers are amazing for this effect. Big prints on this paper look fantastic with loads of grain.
Originally Posted by matti