[Alt-photo] Ansel Adams and alt

Don Sweet don at sweetlegal.co.nz
Thu Jun 4 21:29:14 UTC 2015

(reading on) Dassonville produced Charcoal Black paper as a replacement 
for platinum paper and suitable for enlargements.  The coating was 
silver bromide with some secret ingredients and techniques. Ansel Adams 
used the paper extensively until about 1933.  Dassonville Charcoal Black 
was associated with pictorial style of photography, and lost market 
share as that style went out of fashion.

Don Sweet/

On 5/06/2015 8:48 a.m., Don Sweet wrote:
> I have a monograph on William E Dassonville (Carl Mautz Publishing, 
> Nevada,  1999), a Californian photographer, who produced a hand coated 
> paper called Dassonville Charcoal Black from about 1924.  According to 
> one contemporary review it was "an exquisitely crisp, substantial, 
> though thin stock, with a dead, roughish surface and parchment-like 
> texture" and "the translucence of the paper is one of its elements of 
> beauty."
> Don Sweet
> On 5/06/2015 6:39 a.m., Marek Matusz via Alt-photo-process-list wrote:
>> One more thing. I am immediately inspired to do some prints on vellum but I can not find my folder of vellums that I have used in the past. Since it has been a while for me printing on vellum what is the vellum that people are using now
>> Is the a consensus of what is the best vellum for palladium printing?
>> Marek
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> On Jun 4, 2015, at 1:33 PM, Marek Matusz via Alt-photo-process-list<alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org>  wrote:
>>> All,
>>> I was in Yosemite last week and while in the Ansel Adams gallery I spotted these 3 original photographs made on vellum. According to people in the gallery they were original silver photographs made on vellum. Paper was made by a local guy. Name Gasonville (if I have the spelling correct?) was mentioned in connection with these photographs, but I was not quite sure what the connection actually was.
>>> It is kind of as close to alt as Ansel Adams photography would get and there might be some people on the list that might know and share more about it.
>>> Thse were about 8x10 and priced up to 18000 if somebody is rushing to buy.
>>> Kerik, I missed the show (it was already closed) and was unable to see your photograph in person.
>>> Marek
>>> Looks like I can start a post
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