[Alt-photo] the alt family tree

Christina Z. Anderson christinazanderson at gmail.com
Sun Jul 23 14:27:30 UTC 2017

Wow, this is quite a cool piece of history, Robin! Thank you for sharing. I forgot about Tice, too…
Laura Gilpin used to print pt/pd. But platinum back at her time was still well-known from its discovery through easily the 1920s; it wasn’t such a “jump” back then I would think.
More for the growing list.

> On Jul 19, 2017, at 11:13 PM, robin moyer via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:
> Per Dick Sullivan's recent comment: The founder of Elegant Images, Alan
> Goodman, was a DuPont Chemist and studied with me at a school I had set up
> at Glen Echo Park in Maryland, called PhotoWorks. I occasionally taught
> some alt processes there, but having only had one class in photography in
> the physics department of the University of North Carolina in 1969 (Taught
> by Dr. Ross Scroggs), I mostly had to study hard and fast to keep ahead of
> my exceptionally bright students. Steve Szabo was a friend and Washington
> Post photojournalist. We both began printing in platinum (no palladium
> available) about the same time and passed on what we learned from ancient
> texts to our students. So Steve and I taught each other, often
> simultaneously discovering stuff. Steve cheated a bit by hanging out with
> George Tice, but generously shared. And in 1974 we both had our work
> purchased by the Library of Congress. Alas, Asia called (again) and I left
> Photoworks in the competent hands of Rhoda Baer and Tico Herrera to jump
> start my career in photojournalism, leaving Alt Photo behind. I note with
> great pleasure that PhotoWorks is still thriving with over 20 lecturers and
> loads of alt-photo.
> Fast forward to Hong Kong 2010: After reviewing boxes of 8x10 negs circa
> 1970s, I caught the Platinum bug again and was talked into building a 34
> print portfolio of platinum prints (platinum had only once before been
> exhibited in Hong Kong (Coco Chanel by Douglas Kirkland)
> An old colleague (mentor) from Time Pix, Bill Pierce, introduced me to
> master PT/PD printer Carl Weese and Carl graciously answered my relentless
> stupid questions about things long ago forgotten. I managed to make some
> passable prints, and we sold half the exhibit over two years, and just
> recently sold the remaining prints and had to order more chems from B&S to
> print the missing pix.
> I don't know what it is like in the world of Alt Photo Process academia,
> but the world of photojournalism that has been my life for the past 47
> years has been one of generous friends, colleagues, and competitors happy
> to onpass what they know about photography, share their contacts, cameras,
> lenses, film (or now cards), cars and hotel rooms/tents, even in the midst
> breaking stories and deadlines. All mentors. All good. Well, mostly good.
> ––Robin Moyer
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