Wow, go out of town for a week and the list is
HUGELY active--very cool. Steichen has never been so active before.
I, for one, got Cigar Boy in the mail in my Vanity Fair subscription at least
Found out last night that Freestyle has finally
gotten their chromoskedasic chemistry in stock, for those of you in the
States. If you are interested, it is this as it is not quite on the
10945 - Arista Premium B&W Chromo
Activator 32 OZ. = $9.99 (Can only ship via ground)
Arista Premium B&W Chromo Stabilizer 32 OZ. = $13.99
This is no small feat. To carry it, because
of the way the chemistry is made up with some very small amounts, the company
makes 400 gallons at a time. As you can imagine, Kodak no longer makes it,
Portertown no longer makes it, etc. etc. so I could not get the chemistry and
teach it this year as I had hoped in my fall Experimental Photography
class. Thus the fact that Freestyle has committed to carry the product is
so exciting for me.
By no means am I an expert in this process. I would
defer to Alan Bean of Massachusetts as being as chromo-specific as I am
gum-specific. He and I have both written articles on how-to that will also
be accessible through Freestyle shortly if they aren't already. My method
of practice is loose and "student friendly". I don't know Alan's
method exactly as it has changed, as you can imagine, with the
changing papers. Both of us find Ilford Warmtone to be the bestest
for this process.
I think there will be either these info
sheet/articles with the chemistry or else the info sheets downloadable from the
website, don't know yet.
You can also see some chromo examples here on my
website if you do not know what it is, but unfortunately the greenish color you
see on the web pix is actually plated out silver, and it does not photograph as
There are about 8 chromos on that
Disclaimer: though I am on the education
board for Freestyle I make no money from them. My benefit is that as long
as they carry all this stuff and are committed to analog, I can continue to
teach my Experimental Photography class! Sometimes I feel the proverbial
writing is on the wall, yet this week I also got a message from email@example.com that Rollei/Agfa have teamed up
with some film offerings!! So it was a good week for us luddites.