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ANTARCTICA 72: hand made book from hand printed photographs

Photographs from Antarctica 1972, scanned and printed as salt prints and new cyanotype prints then bound to make a book

ANTARCTICA 72: hand made book from hand printed photographs

Photographs from Antarctica 1972, scanned and printed as salt prints and new cyanotype prints then bound to make a book

£476
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, February 28 2017 10:43 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated February 28, 2017

About

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEF0aso0aIc

What is kickstarter? The gist of it is that kickstarter helps you to share your passion. We need financial support to realise our project and in return for your support we offer a series of rewards. Our rewards reflect what we are about: traditional wet process prints, leaning about printing and trying it for yourself.

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Project aim

Traditional wet-process photographic printers Stuart Kuhn and Paul Daskarolis are looking for support to create a handmade book- made from hand printed salt and new cyanotype prints of images from Antarctica. If someone chooses reward option 14, three books will be made. If no one chooses that reward option (and we still reach our target) only two books will be made, just because both Paul and I have always wanted to do this. No two books will be the same due to variations in the print order, the images chosen and because of the very nature of hand-made photographic printing.

Some background

The images in question were taken by Stuart's uncle Brian Clifford when he worked in Antarctica in 1972 and 1973. They were were shot on Ektachrome slide film and have been scanned. Our intention is to create something special with these images so they are not forgotten.

Antarctica, regarded by many as the last wilderness on Earth, is currently protected by a treaty. In 2041 re-negotiations will take place that will determine whether mining will be allowed.

Brian's photographs belong to a particular chapter in the story of Antarctica; when the idea of climate change and sea level rise had not fully entered global consciousness, a time of sled dogs and the killing of seals to feed them, before the IWC placed a ban on commercial whaling, a time when you had to get your exposure right and you only knew if you got the shot months later!

This book will be made in the hope that in 2041 Antarctica will remain in a treaty as a protected place on Earth.

The hand made book: ANTARCTICA 72

'Antarctica 72' will be be made following the Japanese method of bookbinding and covered in white leather or cloth. It will consist of 20 handmade salt and new cyanotype prints prints interleaved with blank pages. It will be hardback and contain a verso page, title page and introduction also printed by hand.

A hand made wet-process print by any other name looks as exquisite

What kind of photographic printing are we talking about?

Salt prints (circa 1830's) and cyanotype prints (1842 ) are two examples also known by the terms traditional wet-process (because they are put through a series of wet baths), historical process (because they date from the 19th century) and more commonly as alternative printing which helps distinguishing them from silver gelatin and digital printing methods. The term siderotype denotes the family of iron based photographic methods to which the cyanotype belongs. The new cyanotype print is an invention of Dr Mike Ware and results in a long tonal range. We feel that the Prussian blue colour will suit many of the images that particularly express a sense of the cold.

Here is an example of a new cyanotype print by Paul Daskarolis.

Paul Daskarolis, 'Fish', new cyanotype print from pinhole image made on Ilford 5 x 4 film
Paul Daskarolis, 'Fish', new cyanotype print from pinhole image made on Ilford 5 x 4 film

What alternative prints generally have in common is:

  • A monotone print (whether warm, neutral or cool in colour)
  • Quality, acid free, thick archival paper, 100% cotton
  • Lab-grade chemistry
  • Sensitivity to UV light
  • Enlarged negatives that make contact with the paper and result in positive prints of equal size
  • Processing baths for steps such as clearing, toning, fixing and washing

A lot can go wrong when making a print but with the right preparation, a lot of care and just as much luck you can achieve wonderful looking photographs. Due to their hand made nature, It is nearly impossible to print identical versions of an image but this intrinsic rarity is probably why many people love to collect them. They can reveal very good tonal range and have excellent permanence. Some salt prints are over 160 years old.

 

Translation from digital image on the left to salt print on the right.

Here is an example from a recent print commission

Images taken by Photographer Heather Buckley. Salt print version made by Stuart Kuhn and Paul Daskarolis
Images taken by Photographer Heather Buckley. Salt print version made by Stuart Kuhn and Paul Daskarolis

 

The example above will give you a sense of what a digital file might look like printed as a salt print.

Alternative prints take on a different quality from the original image as seen on the screen. The example above can give you a sense of this difference but there is no substitute for the experience of looking at a print in the flesh. (maybe saying looking at a print in the paper is more appropriate!)

In the finished photograph the image particles, whether silver, gold or platinum (depending on the process) are bound into the paper fibers or sizing agent added to the paper. They reflect light in a different way from inkjet prints which consist of a layer of ink dropped onto of the paper surface.

What we need the funds for

The funds will pay for things like an inkjet printer and inks (for the creation of digital negatives), a UV exposure Unit, chemicals, specialist sized papers, transparency film, distilled water, studio rent, overheads and book making materials. 

Previous experience: Examples of our work

Stuart Kuhn

Daguerreotype project- find out more here

The Daguerreotype was invented in 1839 and was the most common method used throughout the world for about 20 years. The image forms as a positive on a highly polished silvered plate and requires mercury for development.

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Salt prints from seawater project

I created salt prints using seawater collected during an Arts Council funded sailing expedition from Iceland to Sweden which you can find out more about here.

Ingólfur Arnarson statue Reyjavik. Photograph by Stuart Kuhn. Salt Print made using Reykjavik harbour seawater.
Ingólfur Arnarson statue Reyjavik. Photograph by Stuart Kuhn. Salt Print made using Reykjavik harbour seawater.

 

Paul Daskarolis

Anjuli Raychaudhuri, 'Number 2', new chrysotype print by Paul Daskarolis, from digital negative produced by scanning 35mm film original
Anjuli Raychaudhuri, 'Number 2', new chrysotype print by Paul Daskarolis, from digital negative produced by scanning 35mm film original

Rewards

Reward 2: Colour book PDF of Brian's images

Without printing 1000 copies of a colour book it would be difficult to offer them at an affordable price. A digitally printed colour photobook was not the focus of this project but I wanted to make colour versions of the images available, so I will produce a digital book in PDF format and email it to the backers who choose this reward option. You will then be licensed to print one copy of the book if you would like to do that.

The scans below will be available as salt prints- see above to get a sense of how they might look.

Reward 7 (small) : Image 1

Photograph by Brian Clifford, 'seal on the ice' Image available as a small salt print 17cm X 12 cm
Photograph by Brian Clifford, 'seal on the ice' Image available as a small salt print 17cm X 12 cm

 

 Reward 9 (medium) : Image 2

Image 2 - Brian Cliffors 'penguin colony' Available as medium size salt prints 24cm x 17 cm
Image 2 - Brian Cliffors 'penguin colony' Available as medium size salt prints 24cm x 17 cm

 Reward 10 (large) : Image 3

Image 3 - Available as a large salt print size 33cm x 24cm
Image 3 - Available as a large salt print size 33cm x 24cm

 

Reward 12:The split back contact frame

In order to get even pressure across the image area our frames have latches to secure the print and negative in perfect registration. The split back contact frame can be seen in the video.

Reward 14: The hand made book

From a collection of around 300 slides, 20 of the strongest images will be carefully selected to make this unique book. If more than one book is made no two books will be the same due to variations in the print order, the images chosen and because of the very nature of hand-made photographic printing.

Risks and challenges

Both Paul Daskarolis and I have wanted to make a book from hand made photographs for many years.

There will certainly be challenges involved. I will be re-learning bookbinding skills picked up on my photography degree course 13 years ago.
We will be applying our combined skills, knowledge and printing experience to achieve this goal.
Since we will be creating the book ourselves we are avoiding the possible risks associated with using a company to print and bind this book. We will be testing methods and materials prior to putting the book together so that we can ensure that something quite special is produced.

We hope that you like this project and thank you for your support.

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    Downloads and thank you post card

    A post card from me saying thanks

    Making Digital Negatives - by Dr Mike Ware
    The Siderotype Manual - by Dr Mike Ware
    The Siderotype Report - edited by Paul Daskarolis

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    ANTARCTICA 72 - PDF of colour book

    As a big thank you for supporting this project you will receive the digital version of the book containing 72 colour images (scans from the original slides.) If you would like to then print the book yourself at somewhere like blurb, you will be licensed to print one copy.

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    This reward invites you down to The Table in Brighton. Informal conversation about wet process photography over a game of 9-ball. You will be emailed with 6 dates over the coming 6 months to choose from.

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    2X Glass coating rods

    So you want to try alternative printing for yourself? These rods allow you to evenly apply the photo chemistry to the paper. Length approximately 28 cm

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    Digital Negative made from your image

    This reward is for those of you interested in trying out alternative printing for yourselves. Your digital image will be made into a digital negative and posted to anywhere in the world

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    salt print (small)

    A salt print version of image 1) will be made for you.
    Image 1.
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    Alternative printing starter bundle kit

    Try alternative printing for yourself with this bundle kit *excluding chemicals and paper*
    1 digital scale, 10 rubber gloves, 1 glass rod, 1 mask, 5 plastic spoons, 1 pair of goggles, 2 syringes.
    In an effort to provide a series of rewards that allow you to try out alternative printing for yourselves this bundle package takes away a lot of the hassle of getting started. This will save you shopping time and means you will not be forced to buy large quantities or packs of items. You get to see if alternative printing is for you. We will also provide an information sheet listing suppliers of chemicals and paper as well as links to printing instructions.

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    Gold in Photography / Chrysotype Manual

    2 publications written by Mike Ware and edited by Paul Daskarolis.
    Gold in Photography: The History and Art of Chrysotype
    An indispensable insight into early photography, metallurgy, alchemy and science. The first published history of the use of nanoparticle gold in the arts, detailing the discoveries by Elizabeth Fulhame, Count Rumford and Michael Faraday that paved the way for the invention of photography. 48 page colour section with early chrysotypes by Sir John Herschel and new chrysotypes by six contemporary artists.

    The Chrysotype Manual:
    The Science and Practice of Photographic Printing in Gold
    Intended for the advanced studio, this essential resource provides the first published step-by-step instruction in the hand printing of chrysotype images. Contains detailed crossover information on paper, equipment and chemistry central to workers in all of the siderotype processes, including argyrotype, cyanotype, platinotype and palladiotype.

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    Salt print (medium)

    A salt print version of image 2 will be printed for you.
    Image 2
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    Salt print (large)

    A salt print version of image 3 will be printed for you.
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    Wet process print from your image

    After a little communication via email we will agree and select a suitable file of yours to be printed as a salt print or new cyanotype print.
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    Split-back Contact Printing Frame

    Wooden frame with brass fittings that allows you to check the exposure of a print while keeping the negative in registration. A must-have tool for any method of 'printing out'.

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    'ANTARCTICA 72': (book of prints)

    Japanese stitched book of original alternative prints, containing 20 images ( salt and new cyanotype prints ) with no two copies to contain the same set of photos.
    White hardback cover. Verso page, title page and introduction printed in salt or cyanotype on acid free archival paper between 200gsm and 300 gsm.

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