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RE: Truth Beauty book

Chris and all,

For those interested in Mr. Jay's writing and photos visit his website. It
may not be up much longer.



-----Original Message-----
From: Christina Z. Anderson [mailto:zphoto@montana.net] 
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 12:20 PM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: Truth Beauty book

Speaking of Bill Jay, this just in:



Christina Z. Anderson
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Henry Rattle" <henry.rattle@ntlworld.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 10:13 AM
Subject: Re: Truth Beauty book

> The Demachy story is recounted in Bill Jay's book (the one that has a 
> rather
> one-track selection from Demachy's oeuvre) as (in 1894):
> "I was buying some hydroquinone at a dealer's, and complaining at the same
> time of my inability to secure the proper quality of blacks with
> gelatino-bromide paper. An unknown customer interrupted me and asked 'Why
> don't you try Poitevin's gum process,... it is easy enough...' I bought 
> the
> required materials there and then, and next morning began gum bichromate
> printing..." ...after only 'a week or so of experimental coating and
> developing, I got a few fair results which were exhibited at the London
> Photographic Salon'
> The story is referenced to Practical Photographer, Library series, No.7
> (1904) p.2
> Best wishes
> Henry
> On 14/5/09 23:19, "Judy Seigel" <jseigel@panix.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, 13 May 2009, Jack Brubaker wrote:
>>> Chris wrote
>>>> What I cannot understand, though (forgive my opinion here), is that
>>>> generation's fascination with the Michallet paper that had strong 
>>>> vertical
>>>> lines.
>>> Chris, when I look at the Demachy prints I see someone trying to make
>>> photos look like chalk drawings. He chooses the red chalk color and
>>> uses the tiniest brushes lifting out highlights to emulate academic
>>> drawing standards of the 19th century. One of the prints in the St.
>>> Louis show a couple of years ago of fishermen pushing their boat up
>>> onto the beach had remarkable details in the hands. Knuckles that we
>>> would understand without further delineation in a photo he had
>>> carefully highlighted no matter how dense the shadow it hovered in.
>>> I love the prints but think it is a very interesting look into the era
>>> that he felt compelled to such extremes. In that context his use of
>>> common drawing paper texture seems a natural.
>>> Jack
>> Exactly... besides which, they didn't have the factory materials we have
>> now. The story of the invention of gum printing is that Demachy was in 
>> his
>> photo supply shop (ca 1896), complaining that with the current material 
>> he
>> couldn't get a good black, when a fellow customer described someone's new
>> gum process: "you mix paint with gum arabic, add potassium dichromate,
>> coat it on paper, expose under a negative & wash in water." Demachy
>> allegedly made a few tests, then got his gum prints in the next salon.
>> (The story was reprinted in a couple of early anthologies. I've got it
>> somewhere, but maybe someone knows the reference right off?)
>> J.