View Full Version : Leonard Missone technique

10-Feb-2015, 19:39
So.. I am giving on digging this out for the night, so I figured that I may as well ask the collective wisdom of forum.
I found mentioning that Missone utilized some "oil process" on prints to get his final looks. I would truly appreciate any pointers on where
I can find more description on what it truly was.

(for those who haven't seen his work here is short link http://www.luminous-lint.com/app/photographer/Leonard__Misonne/C/ )

10-Feb-2015, 20:07
The article could be referring to the Bromoil process which was active at that time.
Google 'bromoil'.

Erik Larsen
10-Feb-2015, 21:06
From the link provided he has several types of processes.. Gravures, silver gelatin, oil prints, mediobrome etc. Oil prints are similar to bromoils and might be what you saw referenced. Google oil print or bromoil and you'll get tons of information. The mediobrome might also be the reference to the oil process

Emmanuel BIGLER
11-Feb-2015, 02:42
Hi Sergei

Last year (in autumn 2014) I visited the photo museum in Charleroi, Belgium, and they had an exhibition on Léonard Misonne's works.
The exhibition took place between 24 May 2014 and 07 December 2014

I can't remember about bromoils beeing exhibited, but I'm quite sure that people at the Charleroi museum know a lot about Misonne's techniques, since they own many original prints and have to preserve them with the utmost care.


11-Feb-2015, 12:29
Thanks, guys.

I am not quite sure it was about bromoil process per say, b/c mentioning was in passing, on some technique that he used to enhance appearance of the cloud masses and generally been alternative to dodge&burn.
Thats why i got all curious - as i am always intrigued by post processing or print enhancing techniques that been around back in days.

Thank you, Emmanuel, i will try to contact them.

11-Feb-2015, 14:14
I went to the same expo last year and was also impressed by his work - bought the book 'Leonard Misonne - En passant...'
The most examples in the book are oil prints. He projected his smaller negatives onto bigger ones from 30x40cm, often with a second negative superposed with a more interesting sky which he then made an oil print of (http://www.picto.info/Ebromoil.htm)
With brushes and white pencils he then dodged and burned. When he saw a beautiful sky he photographed it so he could later use it to replace dull sky's.
Here is a nice documentary about bromoil - explaining the technique of inking and replacing unwanted stuff in the prints or bringing in wanted stuff :-)


11-Feb-2015, 15:54
hi sergeiR

if you haven't seen this
it is a small article on the oil print process ...
if i am not mistaken gandolfi ( on this forum ) has done this,
or he knows of people who do it ...
and if it is bromoil, i gene laugher's cd+book on the process
are worth the investment, he is a master of the process.
gandolfi is also masterful with the bromoil process as well.

11-Feb-2015, 18:29
Aha. Now we are onto something. Thank you, folks. Thats awesome information. From that i can start digging and dabbing :)

12-Feb-2015, 05:55
Correct supplies are a must, especially the brush. I took lessons from David Lewis a couple of decades ago and used his materials (which worked very well): www.bromoil.com
The man who wrote the applicable chapter in Keepers of Light made a DVD which is very useful if you have never seen the mechanics of the process.
Good inking,