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    Making a photobook from darkroom prints

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    Re: Making a photobook from darkroom prints

    This is great! And nearly exactly what I was hoping to do. Thanks for posting!

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    I use this long-reach stapler to hold mine together.

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    Re: Making a photobook from darkroom prints

    Definitely buying one!

    https://www.amazon.com/Bostitch-Pape...9871101&sr=8-8

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    Re: Making a photobook from darkroom prints

    Deep-throat staplers are fine for throw-away folders, but not for any but mediocre photographs. The photographer Tin Can linked to in the first post provides good advice based on experience. If I was brave enough to attempt a traditionally bound book of good photos, I would try digital printing on Epson Premium Presentation Paper. With care this 48 pound paper folds cleanly.

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    Re: Making a photobook from darkroom prints

    We made a quick book for a photo class back in 1979. Everyone made copies of their image on 8x10 paper, we drymounted the photos back-to-back, and had Kinkos coil-bind them. Cheap and easy. Everyone got a copy.

    The cover was the class photo outside the classroom, the back cover was the same with us with backs to the camera.
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    Re: Making a photobook from darkroom prints

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    Deep-throat staplers are fine for throw-away folders, but not for any but mediocre photographs. The photographer Tin Can linked to in the first post provides good advice based on experience. If I was brave enough to attempt a traditionally bound book of good photos, I would try digital printing on Epson Premium Presentation Paper. With care this 48 pound paper folds cleanly.
    Never made one? Why comment?

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    This book of mediocre photographs I made in 1978 has held up well.

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    Re: Making a photobook from darkroom prints

    I've made two hand made books with original carbon transfer prints and text, traditionally bound. Everything is printed on fine art watercolor paper. You also need to make the case and a portfolio to include with something like this I feel. Now because these are one of a kind books and nothing like this has never been done before ( text and original images in carbon transfer) they are quite expensive collector/museum pieces. My first book is in the Yosemite Renaissance on display at the Gateway art center in Oakhurst California until the end of May and my second book is on display at LightBox Photographic gallery in Astoria Oregon until June 5th. You can see them on my website as well. There are many great tutorials on bookbinding and I took it to a different level with my second book. It is in the panoramic format with original 8x20 mages and when opened is 15" x 52". It is a joy to read and look through.

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    Re: Making a photobook from darkroom prints

    Jim,
    I finally took the time to watch each of the YouTube videos and am even more fascinated and intrigued with your approach to the carbon transfer process. You are so casual and yet so precise I am even more attracted to your beautiful images. It takes a huge amount of commitment and determination to make prints with this process. Keep up the great work.
    Jim

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