John, do you have scans of this work somewhere? I'd be curious to see them.
Using film since before it was hip.
"One of the most singular characters of the hyposulphites, is the property their solutions possess of dissolving muriate of silver and retaining it in considerable quantity in permanent solution" — Sir John Frederick William Herschel, "On the Hyposulphurous Acid and its Compounds." The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, Vol. 1 (8 Jan. 1819): 8-29. p. 11
David Lance Goines comes to mind, when I imagine someone who pushed the limits of offset lithography. He must have given a talk at my school back in the days, because I vividly recall a description of his process where he had to work on half the image at a time due to limitation on the size of his film/plate/press.