Despite the move towards all things digital in the world of
photography, the art of darkroom film development and image
printing is still very much alive and well. From fine artists and
students just starting out in photography to chemistry buffs
looking to experiment, there is a very dedicated core of darkroom
users who still need crucial information that is becoming
increasingly harder to find. Steve Anchell is a darkroom master who
gives them that information in this thoroughly updated third
edition of his classic darkroom cookbook. Fully updated with the
latest details on papers and chemicals, all-new information on
printing, and a brand-new supplemental website with useful links
and an interactive reader forum, this enormously popular, handy
guide is a staple of any darkroom user's studio.
The art of darkroom developing and printing will never go out of
style. Master darkroom specialist Steve Anchell is back to prove it
in this long-awaited third edition of his enormously successful
Darkroom Cookbook. Packed with over 200 "recipes," some
common and others rare gems, you'll discover something new
every time you open this guide, whether you're new to the
darkroom or have been making your own prints for years. In addition
to the formulas, you'll find tons of useful information on
developers, push-processing, where to get darkroom equipment, how
to set up your own darkroom, how to work and play in your darkroom
safely, and much more. This handy guide will become a constant
companion for every darkroom enthusiast creating prints at home or
in the studio.
In addition to complete updates throughout to reflect changes in
the availability of chemicals and equipment, this third edition
contains all new information on:
Plus expanded sections on printing, pyro, and toning prints
Also included for the first time are special technique
contributions as well as stunning black and white imagery by Bruce
Barnbaum, Rod Dresser, Jay Dusard, Patrick Gainer, Richard Garrod,
Henry Gilpin, Gordon Hutchings, Sandy King, Les McLean, Saïd
Nuseibeh, France Scully Osterman, Mark Osterman, Tim Rudman,
Ryuijie, John Sexton, and John Wimberly.
Be sure to visit www.darkroomcookbook.com to find useful links, an
interactive user forum, and more!
Steve Anchell is a photographer and author of The Variable Contrast
Printing Manual, and co-author of The Film Developing Cookbook. He
has been teaching darkroom and photography workshops since 1979.
Steve is a member of the Freestyle Advisory Board of Photographic
"With its unrivalled collection of photographic formulae and
easy to understand explanations of photographic processes, The
Darkroom Cookbook has long been a favorite with darkroom workers
everywhere. Now, with further additions to its formulary, more
topics, and contributions by renowned darkroom experts, this new
edition promises to be an indispensable Aladdin's Cave resource
to darkroom enthusiasts of all levels."
-Tim Rudman, photographer and author
"The Darkroom Cookbook is an essential compendium of
photographic information for anyone interested in high-quality
darkroom work." -John Sexton, photographer
Packed with rare techniques for silver-based processing clearly
explained by a darkroom master so you can create your own stunning
prints at home or in the studio
Contains over 200 formulas - follow along step-by-step, or
experiment with your own variations to develop new recipes!
Includes a brand-new chapter on analog variable contrast
Visit the new supplemental website to find useful links and an
interactive user forum
Amazon reviews for the Second Edition: "Well loved and dog-eared...this book has been flipped through many times, it holds many wonderful ideas and continues to inspire me in this digital age we live in!" "The Darkroom Bible...this book is an absolute must-have for the experienced printer who wants to step up to the next level. The wealth of information he provides, from technical to historical, is extremely interesting, albeit a bit dizzying at times. However, the book can be used as a reference as needed for information on specific chemicals, formulas, or resources for supplies and equipment. Of all the books that I have read on printing, this is the one that has been most useful." "Excellent reference for both shooters and photo scientists...Mr. Anchell has complied an excellent book for both people becoming interested in developing their own film and those who want to know more about the chemistry of photographic processing chemicals... I used this book as a reference in a college level photographic chemistry class and I found it invaluable."
Steve Anchell is a contributing editor to Outdoor Photographer and PhotoWork magazines. He has written columns, feature articles, and interviews for Camera & Darkroom, View Camera, PIC, Shutterbug, Photo Shopper, and PhotoPro magazines. His previous two books with Focal Press, The Darkroom Cookbook and The Variable Contrast Printing Manual are photography best-sellers. Steve's photographs have been exhibited in galleries and are shown in private collections. He photographs and prints both color and black-and-white with 35mm, 2... and large-format ccameras. He has conducted over 80 photographic and darkroom workshops since 1979. Steve is currently the program director for the Photographer's Formulary Workshops in Condon, Montana. In early 1998, the first collection of his personal work, entitled The Nude at Big Sur, will be published by Whitefish Editions.
Equipment Chemicals Pharmacopoeia Developers Film Development Monobath Film Developing Push-Processing Film Pyro Developers Paper Development Stop Baths and Fixers Toning Prints Reduction Intensification Development by Inspection Printing-Out Processes