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    Re: The art of printmaking

    Quote Originally Posted by bomzi View Post
    Thank you all for the valuable feedback.
    My question had more to do with how to think about these things rather than how to do it. The same ideas apply with black and white or colour and digital or analogue.
    I would suggest that the best course for you, once the techniques are "under your fingers", is simply to make a lot of prints. You will eventually learn what to pull out of your bag of tricks in a given situation, to get what you want.

    BTW, it is also helpful to see in person well-made prints by others, either in galleries or museums, or more informal situations. The in-person part is important, as even the best reproductions lose or change something.

    Enjoy the journey!
    Where are we going?
    And why are we in this handbasket?


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    Re: The art of printmaking

    "Post Exposure Advanced Techniques for the photographic Printer" by Ctein
    "Creative Photo Print making" by Theresa Airey
    "The Art of Black and White Photography" (has a chapter) by John Garrett
    "A Technical Manual Beyond Basic Photography" by Henry Horenstein

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    Re: The art of printmaking

    Also "Black & White Photographic Printing Workshop" by Larry Bartlett with Jon Tarrant

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    Re: The art of printmaking

    I have every book which has been mentioned. None of them are as straight forward, thus helpful as Mortenson "On the Negative" and "Projection Control."

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    Re: The art of printmaking

    Here hear!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    I have every book which has been mentioned. None of them are as straight forward, thus helpful as Mortenson "On the Negative" and "Projection Control."
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    Re: The art of printmaking

    "Robert Doisneau" by Jean Claude Gautrand, published by TASCHEN, 2014. The book measures 26 by 34 cm and with 540 pages the weight is some 4 kilograms.

    This makes it very useful for flattening fiber-based art prints.
    Apart from that it is a magnificent book showing a life's work of a great photographer in high-quality print.

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    Re: The art of printmaking

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    I have every book which has been mentioned. None of them are as straight forward, thus helpful as Mortenson "On the Negative" and "Projection Control."
    Excellent advice. If you learn Mortensen's "Ring Around Method" of "reading a negative" you have a real understanding of exposure and development and how they affect print quality and characteristics.

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    Re: The art of printmaking

    After looking at your web page, I'm not convinced you need a whole lot of help! But thank you for getting others to offer up some great suggestions.

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    Thank you for the kind words h2oman.
    I did end up buying Bruce Barnbaum's Art of Photography and have already found it useful.
    Randhir Singh
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    Re: The art of printmaking

    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi7475 View Post
    The books Jim listed are all great. I’d add also “the elements of black and white printing” by Carson Graves.
    Also one of my favorite books on printing. He explains points on developers and testing for different papers and developers in a very straightforward way. Most of my condensed notes on printing have come from this book.

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