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Experimental Photography: A Handbook of Techniques

The first manual ever to break down into a step-by-step format the experimental techniques that photographers use to subvert or expand conventional camera technology.

The book has technical sections that define a particular process and show how to carry it out. These all have examples of the finished images. They are interspersed with illustrated interviews with photographers who use these techniques. With examination of what their work aims to do and how it is made.

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Experimental Photography: A Handbook of Techniques

Experimental Photography: A Handbook of Techniques is the first manual ever to break down into a step-by-step format the experimental techniques that photographers use to subvert or expand conventional camera technology.

Obviously the book has technical sections that define a particular process and show how to carry it out. These all have examples of the final images. Between the examples of the different process are interviews with photographers who use these techniques. Alongside illustrations of their work and examination of what their aims are and how it is made.

Some techniques, such as photograms or lumen prints, are cameraless. Some involve simple cameras built from unusual materials. Or that exploit the limitations of toy and disposable cameras for artistic effect. Camera hacks can produce a variety of exciting results. You can break rules in exposure, zooming, panning, focus, and composition. You can modify the camera to produce slit-scans or add filters.

Of course, there is a section on film. You can manipulate film, as well as distress it. Also, there are many experiments that you can conduct while you prepare negatives and prints. Even once you have made the print, creativity can continue. Mordançage, for example, is when you control the degradation of the print. Other techniques include bleach and encaustic, which can create new effects.

Ultimately this is a book for anyone with an interest in artistic photographic techniques. Experimental Photography: A Handbook of Techniques is a great sourcebook of practical inspiration. So, a celebration of the work of exceptional artists, “hackers,” and artisans. Those who push the boundaries of how we conceive of photography.

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