[Alt-photo] the alt family tree

Laura Valentino lv at lauraval.com
Wed Aug 2 20:07:22 UTC 2017

My intro to alt was from a random stranger on a usenet group back in the 
mid-90s. The funny thing is that I was not even doing photography at the 
time, I was doing vector artwork on the computer and was looking for a 
way to print onto fine art paper. Someone suggested gum bichromate of 
all things (why not silkscreen?). Whoever it was (wish I knew today) 
said it's cool because you develop in water and you can use any color, 
even metallic gouache colors like silver and gold.

I was intrigued so I googled (or webcrawled) and found the alt photo 
website and this list. I did a few attempts at gum (using a single 
blacklight bulb) but didn't really get going until much later, when I 
took a 5-day alt sampler class at Central Saint Martins in London. 
Finally some hands-on experience and the inspiration to come back home 
and get serious.

But this list, and Christina's book is where I mostly got my alt 
education. And many failed attempts.

I did try the silver and gold eventually, but was not very impressed 
with the results!


On 01/08/2017 20:29, `Richard Knoppow via Alt-photo-process-list wrote:
> I looked at the web site, there IS an option to receive your own 
> posts. Look to see that you have it checked. That way at least the 
> list machine will be sending them to you. If you still don't get them 
> Kees is probably correct that its an artifact of G mail.
> On 8/1/2017 11:09 AM, John Brewer via Alt-photo-process-list wrote:
>> Hey Jalo
>> You're original mail got through. I never see mine when I post tho.
>> John

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