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Re: josef sudek

Chris wrote:

I just finished researching a delightful book of Josef Sudek's Pigment Prints. I have always liked his work--a darkish pictorialism with a bent of odd--and when I saw this book I had our university library buy it (it is pretty expensive).

What I thought was a book about gum prints was in fact what I then thought was a book of carbon prints and then I think I have come to believe is really a book of carbro prints, if the author of the article in the book is correct--that Sudek exposed a bromide print, and then put the tissue in contact with it as per the quote below. So I think I am correct in defining this as "carbro" and not some other such process though I am not sure because the process was not named. I bet someone on the list can say for sure.
Sudek (who is one of my very favorite photographers) did make carbro prints. I believe he also made some straight carbon prints from 5x7 and smaller negatives. The virtue of carbro is that it can produce an enlarged carbon (or generically, pigment) print with familiar darkroom procedures (as opposed to enlarged internegatives, which are more of a hassle). Personally, I do not find most carbro prints up to the standard of "real" carbon prints made from in-camera negatives, but then the two processes aren't really aimed at the same negative-producers, so it's usually an apples-to-oranges comparison. And some stunning three- and four-color carbros were made back in the day, when it was one of the first available high-quality color printing processes.

Best regards,


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