“A traditional photographer, Jim specialises in monochrome Carbon Transfer Contact Printing from in camera negatives. Carbon Transfer printing, a process perfected by Joseph Swan in 1864, is a highly labour intensive process that yields prints of the finest quality. The artist has total control of the image tonality due to the creative blending of pigments used to manufacture the carbon tissue which is used to complete his vision. From this tissue the image is born. Carbon prints require a minimum of four or more days work to produce one finished print. Truly a labor of love and passion. Jim teaches carbon transfer printing and offers workshops in his studio/darkroom at his home in Vancouver Washington”.
Things we chatted about on the show:
Jim got his inspiration from his friend Vaughn who runs workshops with Jim in Yosemite National Park.
Making negatives from PyrocatHD a very popular staining developer much favoured by all who use alternative photographic processes.
Andrew uses Wet Plate Supplies for ready mixed PyrocatHD here are some links.
For more on Carbon Printing, and indeed Pyro developers check out Sandy King’s site.
We discussed cinematographer Karl Struss and the unique look he got from lenses (soft focus) and he was very close to Alfred Stieglitz and the pictorial movement.
Mark Osterman of Eastman House keeps getting mentioned and again in show 40.
Erik has mentioned Kelly-Shane Fuller before, he was the chap who managed to get Kodachrome to sort of come back to life.
And we give Chroma Camera a shout out.
The Six Towns Darkroom was OPEN but is now CLOSED due to the current National lockdown.
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