ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Historical and alternative photographic processes


Alternative photography refers to handmade processes (often of historical origin) that, by nature, are quite different from contemporary photographic printing.​ Standard photo procedures today involve silver gelatine techniques (films and papers in analogue photography), inkjet pigment prints and traditional colour paper exposed with lasers (in digital processes). Equipment, supplies and materials for these are manufactured industrially and readily for purchase.

Instead, alternative processes are based on non-standard, non-commercial materials, with no excessive information, not to mention unambiguous instructions available. The light sensitive materials are generally prepared by the photographer him/herself. Therefore these processes require a lot of effort, experiment, and research. In turn they can reward practitioners with highly individualised outcomes that differ from established imaging techniques. Many of these methods were invented in the 19th century and, of course, they were not "alternative" in their own time but high technology of their era.

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