[Alt-photo] salted paper

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Tue Sep 13 17:42:11 UTC 2016


Alan Vlach up in Maine prints salted like nobody I’ve seen.

-Walker


> On Sep 13, 2016, at 1:38 PM, Ned Lewis via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:
> 
> As do I.
> 
> Happily read everything about it that is sent out on this list.
> 
> Ned Lewis
> Sebastopol, California
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 10:31 AM, Bert Kuijer via Alt-photo-process-list <
> alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:
> 
>> I print Salt too.
>> Bert Kuijer (from Holland)
>> 
>> Op dinsdag 13 september 2016 heeft Christina Z. Anderson via
>> Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> het
>> volgende geschreven:
>> 
>>> Dear List,
>>> 
>>> I hold myself back from posting all things salt every day, but as some of
>>> you know I have been on a salted paper bender since February. Like being
>>> hooked on crack. Marek Matusz and I have both been bitten by the salt bug
>>> in a big way. I think each of us is easily on print no. 400 but who’s
>>> counting. Marek is making his own discoveries and both of us have a nice
>>> pile of mistake prints.
>>> 
>>> I think both of us simultaneously have gone back to the original process
>>> and had fun. I’ve used both salt and hot water to fix and that is a hoot!
>>> My admiration for Talbot has grown by leaps and bounds. Dan Estabrook, I
>>> think you do this in your class at Penland?
>>> 
>>> I’ve finished reading a lot of literature on salt (about 170 books,
>> easily
>>> 100 now on books.google.com, just do a word search for positive
>> printing,
>>> positive paper, plain paper, and you’ll get LOTS, so easy to research
>>> online today, and free to download to your iPad) and spreadsheeted salt
>>> formulas throughout history, some 150 of them (ok, anal, I know). I
>> wanted
>>> to see if modern formulas are in sync with formulas from 1839 and on up.
>> No
>>> conclusions yet.
>>> 
>>> There is a formula I tried this week that is from Liam on this list.
>> Liam,
>>> are you still there? It is 20g salt, 15g Rochelle salts, 15g citric. Gold
>>> toned in borax gold toner it is quite beautiful. Thank you, Liam, for
>> this.
>>> Liam wrote a lot of articles for the Post Factory Journal years ago but I
>>> have not seen him post in quite a while.
>>> 
>>> The weird thing is that of all the formulas I’ve come across this is the
>>> only one that used Rochelle salts of the 150, although it was certainly
>>> talked about as being an option. I mean, it’s hard to draw any
>> conclusions
>>> because some of the decisions made back then were due to availability and
>>> expense, but I’d be interested to know where Liam got this formula if he
>> is
>>> reading.
>>> 
>>> Salts used in the past are ammonium, sodium, barium, cupric, gold (yes,
>> in
>>> the salting solution, can you believe it), strontium, Rochelle, and then
>>> sodium citrate, potassium citrate, citric acid and then other stuff like
>>> potassium bromide and potassium dichromate for contrast, sodium carbonate
>>> and bicarbonate, even gum arabic in the salting solution. Also resin and
>>> negative varnish.
>>> 
>>> I’ve tried ammonium, sodium, and barium and like ammonium and then
>> sodium.
>>> 
>>> Lots of uranium toning in the literature (Bob Kiss), as well as mercury
>>> :)  Things were more toxic back then.
>>> 
>>> I have made up a list of those I think print salt. If you’re not on it,
>>> chime in?
>>> Chris
>>> 
>>> Adam Finkelston
>>> 
>>> Brittonie Fletcher
>>> 
>>> Carol Panaro-Smith and James Hajicek
>>> 
>>> Dan Estabrook
>>> 
>>> Daniel Coburn
>>> 
>>> Darryl Baird
>>> 
>>> Dave Molnar
>>> 
>>> Ellie Young
>>> 
>>> Jesseca Ferguson
>>> 
>>> Jill Enfield
>>> 
>>> Joe Portale
>>> 
>>> John Schaefer
>>> 
>>> Kees Brandenburg
>>> 
>>> Keith Schreiber
>>> 
>>> Kimberly Anderson
>>> 
>>> Liam Lawless
>>> 
>>> Lukas Werth
>>> 
>>> Luther Gerlach
>>> 
>>> Marek Matusz
>>> 
>>> Mark and France Scully Osterman
>>> 
>>> Peter Mumford
>>> 
>>> Rebecca Sexton Larson
>>> 
>>> Robert Hall
>>> 
>>> Wynn White
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
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