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Re: SPE and alt update

I use a dense foam roller.
On Apr 3, 2008, at 8:45 AM, john@johnbrewerphotography.com wrote:

How does she (do you) coat such large sheets evenly with gum?



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From: wcharmon@wt.net [mailto:wcharmon@wt.net]
Sent: 02 April 2008 21:57
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: SPE and alt update

Another tidbit I picked up from talking shop with her was that she is
making her negatives for her 'small' prints (22x30!!!) using conventional
film enlarged negatives. Only for her elephant sized prints (I think she
said these were 44x30) does she use digital negatives.

On Tue, 1 Apr 2008, Clay Harmon wrote:


Fortunately one of the alt-artists was Soo Kang Kim (sp?), a South
gummist who produces large and luscious tri-color gums. I chatted with
for a while, and she mentioned that many of her 22x30 inch gums have as
as 10 gum layers on them. I was impressed with her incredible technique.
prints are compositionally spare and just (as they say here in Texas)
as all get-out. If you ever get a chance to see her work, jump at the

Sookang Kim was my student at Pratt years ago (notice I don't say how many
years), and one of the most interesting things about that (to me, anyway)
was that her very first gum print was as sophisticated in imagery and
superb in technique as if she'd been gum printing for years. I gather
she's doing color seps now, and imagine them sep-urb, but in those
(ancient) times she (and most of us) did them from black and white negs,
usually 35 mm enlarged onto... lith film!

As noted, her instant mastery (mistressy?) was uncanny... Whoever has a
copy of Post-Factory #1 can see a black & white repro (printed much too
black, hence very rough idea) of one of her first prints on page 6, with a
brief outline of technique.

And PS. The only reason I can see to lament "alt" printing overshadowed
by digital printing is that our supplies (dichromate, + other chemicals
etc.) could be harder to come by. Otherwise, anyone can press a button...
And the image is important, too... not just the process. (When the blend
of process & image is perfect, it's perfect.)


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