- Shanebrook, Robert. Making Kodak Film. ISBN: 978-0-615-41825-4. http://www.makingkodakfilm.com/index.html
What C.E.K. Mees did not want to say, Robert Shanebrook managed to show. In the reviews section of the website, a former Kodak Park general manager aptly points that "You realize that in the not too distant past you would have been shot for even considering such a volume".
Covering all steps of the process, this book is pretty much all you can read and see on the large-scale manufacturing and coating of film emulsions.
William Mortensen: The Command to Look: A formula for picture success, 1937
William Mortensen: Mortensen on the Negative
Ansel Adams: The Negative
It is surprising how similar results these two completely different approaches give. And that, I think, may well be the reason for the hostility.
I'll add one more I have learned a lot from:
Willi Beutler: Meine Dunkelkammer-Praxis
I love Mortensen, because he was always ready to admit that he was making pictures, above everything the diktats of photographic reproduction may have claimed as the exclusive province of the medium. But I guess even Adams stopped at some point believing he was making "straight" photography.
bookmarked, this needs to be a sticky!
now just give me a year or 2 to go find and read these...
I obviously mentioned them but not explicitly:
- Anchell, Steve and Bill Troop. The Film Developing Cookbook. Focal Press : 1999. 163 pages.
- Anchell, Steve. The Darkroom Cookbook. 3rd Ed. Focal Press: 2008. 392 pages.
- Hutchins, Gordon. The Book of Pyro. Bitter Dog Press: 1992. 100 pages
The first two are essentially boiled-down, practical formulations of a lot of knowledge that one can find in Haist, in the Photo-Lab index, and similar works quoted above, but they are totalizing in the sense that, for the general practitioner, they can suffice as touchstones.
The FDC is laudable for its exhaustive, though concise categorization of films, developers, and chemicals. It's often the first eye-opener for the film enthusiast who has been wondering all along why there are many similar products on the shelves. For me, it gave me my basic understanding of photo chemistry, the parameters which actually enabled me to follow Haist without getting lost.
The DC is like a zoom-out from the FDC: spending less time on the intricacies of film, it gives you the broader picture of darkroom work, and how things relate to each other. Since the Photo-Lab Index is now out of print, it's also the most exhaustive, non-Internet list of formulae with commentary that you will find in print.
I have some beefs here and there with Anchell, since he sometimes moves into editorializing mode, and is also sometimes victim to the rumour, but he's forgiven for the value of his contribution.
I don't have much to say, in conclusion on the BoP, since I haven't read it, but it strikes me as yet another book with a totalizing enterprise: to communicate all that can be known on the topic of pyro developers. I might get it one day, not necessarily to switch to pyro, but to learn about this developer's lore and mystique.
- The B+W Filter Handbook: http://www.schneiderkreuznach.com/pd...r_handbook.pdf
Of all the filters manufacturer, B+W are the only one to have put online a coherent guidebook on their huge filter inventory. I've got some printed Kodak guides, but they do not get as exhaustive as this. Whereas Kodak tends to give general characteristics, the B+W guide characterizes precisely every single filter, so you finally get to know the difference in purpose between a KR1.5 and a KR5 filter (and no it's not a full conversion filter for tungsten film in daylight!).
Their classification is logical, and many important distinctions are drawn. Unlike the rather obscure Kodak/Wratten numbering schemes, B+W's is extremely systematic and regular. Even if you use other brands, this guide book will help you map clearly the purpose of the various light balancing, contrast, colour correction, and other filters. Finally, precise transmission curves for ALL filters are drawn, and a very tight product table helps figuring out availability (it's surprising how many filters are still made in Bay I for instance).
It's not often that a new high-quality reference book gets published, but I just got wind of this one today:
- Pénichon, Sylvie. Twentieth-Century Color Photographs: Identification and Care. Getty Conservation Institute: 2013, 360.
It covers all the possible (and mostly dead) analog colour processes, how to identify them, how to store them, how to preserve them, their history, and so forth. Has useful timelines, lots of hitherto hard to find information, an excellent first chapter on the muddled early days of colour photography in the 19th century, and lots and lots of reproductions and microscope pictures.
Fred Picker full volume notes are a fantastic read.- I have three binders complete I believe
I like all of Tim Rudmans offerings
I like all of Eddie Ephrams - Gradient Light - Creative Elements
Darkroom 2 - Lustrum press
platinum palladium- Dick Arentz
History and Practice of Platinum Printing- Luis Nadeau
Nice thread by the way Michel I will find the ones I do not have, I have a good selection of what is posted.