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Re: albumen printing

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Andy wrote:

Can anyone point me to some references on how to make and sensitize albumen paper? I've been wanting to do this process for quite some time now, and I figured now's the time to start gathering materials and a knowledge base to start making them.
The seminal reference is:

Reilly, James M. The Albumen & Salted Paper Book: The history and practice of photographic printing, 1840-1895. Light Impressions Corporation. Rochester, 1980.

It is available on-line at:


Reilly is a conservator and professor at RIT.

Albumen is a gorgeous process, and Reilly got me to where I could make albumen prints that I thought were as nice as the best ones made during the (relatively brief) heyday of albumen.

Best regards,