What is/are the quintessential books on darkroom processes?
I don't which ones are the best, but you could check out the local library. What help me is experience. I have made many mistakes, but i learn from them.
The Print and The Negative books by Ansel Adams. The most current editions would be best.
These are are still available new and used:
Way Beyond Monochrome, Ralph W. Lambrecht and Chris Woodhouse, 2nd edition 2011
The Amateur Photographer’s Handbook, Aaron Sussman, 8th edition 1979
Black & White Photography - Basic Manual, Henry Horenstein, 2nd edition 1983, 3rd edition, 2004
Creative Black and White Photography, Les McLean, 2002
The Camera; The Negative; The Print, Ansel Adams, 1995
The Darkroom Cookbook, Stephen Anchell, 3rd edition 2008
Tim Rudman's Toning book is a must, as are his lith books (if you lith).
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Besides the books listed above, I regularly use or periodically review:
The Photographer's Master Printing Course - Tim Rudman
The Variable Contrast Printing Manual - Stephen Anchell
Thanks for the list, and the editions!
Originally Posted by David Brown
Not exactly darkroom, but it is related in the fact that it address exposure and development, so that you control the process, all trough the darkroom and onto the final print.
It's called "The practical zone system" and is a very user-friendly approach to explaining the zone system for your photography, good illustrations as well.
Explains exposure, EV's, zone system etc in a very neat and understandable way, it also has charts and photos to get the points across, highly recommended over the Ansel Adams books.
- You can read those later, if you want to prefect the zone system use, but IMO the practical approach is a better way to get started.
I have read "Way beyond monocrome" (most parts of it anyway) and it really is a great book, it has "everything" and is written in a way that you can actually understand and go ahead and use.
I'd add to a very good list "The Art of Photography" by Bruce Barnbaum, 2nd ed..
Also recommend Barry Thornton's "Edge of Darkness" as well as his "Elements" book.
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I found Larry Bartlett's Black and White Photographic Printing Workshop to be very helpful.