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RE: lumenprints not chromo?

What would be the correct terms for lumen and such. Isn't lumen related to plant "shadowgrams"? "Invented" by Burchfield. A similar contact print from negative would be POP, or what? I'd like to know, because I need to explain this to students somehow...

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From: Christina Z. Anderson [zphoto@montana.net]
Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 10:03 PM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: lumenprints not chromo?

I always fix mine.  There is a noticeable loss of density and color shift in
the fix.  I also know that Jerry Burchfield who does all those Amazon
exposures brings all images back in a black plastic bag to the States and
fixes at one time. Unless he has changed his process in the last couple
years, all of his previous lumenprints were fixed and I have never heard of
not fixing before...however, the idea to scan before fixing is a great one
and then you get a two-for-the-price-of-one special.

My prints do not fade once fixed and archivally washed and treated as if a
normal BW print. You can see student examples on my website, and see how
brilliant they are--with fixing.

Re:  scanning.  I would find it shocking that a 90 day pinhole exposure
lumenprint (chromo is a different process entirely because it uses darkroom
chemistry, developer, activator, stabilizer) that will never touch the
developer but go straight into the fix, would be affected by a one minute

You will also notice a distinct color shift when dry prints are rewetted.
But then it reverts again when dry.


Christina Z. Anderson
----- Original Message -----
From: "Weber, Scott B" <sweber@mail.barry.edu>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 12:06 PM

> Just completed a 90 day pinhole exposure on gelatin silver paper.
> Chromoscedasic print. The image looks good, but do I fix this? Maybe some
> thiosulfate? Or should I leave it?  My plan is to scan it but will the
> light in the scanner affect the image?
> Scott B. Weber
> Associate Professor of Photography
> Department of Fine Arts
> Barry University
> Miami Shores, Florida
> 305 899 4922
> sweber@mail.barry.edu