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Re: Gum oil

On Thu, 9 Aug 2007, Don Bryant wrote:

Karl Koenig's gumoil is different.
My question is, does anyone ever make gum oil prints besides Koenig?
Don, I think never in the history of photography did anyone ever get so much publicity for so little. In retrospect, I'd say there were at the time still *many* photo magazines aimed at, or including in their audience, what we'd call "art" photographers, and the editors were definitely aware of "alternative processes," as the latest thing, & generating much interest.... but then they came to the end of the line: They'd done what they could with whatever they thought their audience would go for.

I don't recall an oil print article, by the way, tho there may have been -- but oil print was probably more material and process than their average reader cared to undertake.... and then, along came "gum oil."

Koenig's genius was not in the process, at least it never struck anyone I knew as worth trying -- (and of course if you could do real gum, no reason to bother) -- BUT what the man did UNFAILINGLY was get just enough in the magazine article to sound good, with a few prints reproduced in color that looked good -- and for the rest... YOU HAD TO BUY THE BOOK ! (which he stated shamelessly!)

Of course shame on the magazines for going along with that, but nobody there knew diddle about any of it, and it probably also sold magazines.


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