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Re: eggs for albumen printing/ was "Apis or not Apis)

Well guys, I have to weigh in on this one.....printing albumen is just another thing I do with my chicken eggs. They arent freerange but I do have a nice size chicken coop. Personally I like the arachuna's blue eggs for the ablumen........ 
Peg Fredi, MFA
-------------- Original message from Judy Seigel <jseigel@panix.com>: --------------

> Don Bryant wrote:
> > Funny that you mention this since I asked Zoe Zimmerman after her
> > presentation in '03 about the need for free range chicken eggs for albumin.
> > Luckily I have a huge supply when I need them but some say free range
> > eggs aren't needed...
> The claim about "free range" is a joke, right? I mean, there's a lot of
> nonsense abroad about every photo twitch available to the human mind, but
> this is a new one... In the "literature" about albumen no such message
> occurs, nor as a close observer of the action next door as John Dugdale's
> assistant Dan Levin learned/perfected the process for John's show (circa
> 2003) did I hear it. Nor did Dan's detailed instructions ["Classic Albumen
> -- from Learner to Expert ASAP."in P-F #8] hint at the possibility, or
> raise a voice.
> They used Deb El brand "Just Whites" bought at the health-food store
> around the corner, but Dan noted that "presumably other powdered egg
> whites are equivalent." A chain "gourmet" food store on Bleecker St sold
> liquid egg whites, which also worked but were "too stinky" to tolerate in
> a small room. Apparently albumen "Method #3" in Christopher James' first
> edition was the original inspiration. In any event, no reader, author, or
> other commentator mentioned "free range."
> An article by Dick George pointed out that more than a billion eggs were
> imported into England in just the year 1889 -- for albumen photography,
> the dominant photo medium at the time. Of course in those days, the
> chickens were probably all "free range" (possible origin of the claim?),
> but in 2002-3, printers agreed that powdered was fine, and the words "free
> range" were unmentioned.
> But this is another joke... right?
> J.