Book Reviews. Book Review. Best suited for photographers who have grown up within the digital bubble, Experimental Photography is a well-designed handbook, combining simple instructions for thirty-two hands-on techniques with eighteen interviews of artists, exploring the potential of those techniques.
With an emphasis on the practical craft of photography and the artistic potential of everything from pinholes to wet-plate collodion, Experimental Photography embraces high and low, ending up with a useful resource for anyone looking to expand their photographic practice. Briefly framed with reference to the nominal uniformity of digital technique and emphasis on realism—almost as if the editors struggled to advocate the flexibility and breadth of analog techniques without opposing them to digital photography—this book starts simply, with camera obscura and the basics of a wet-process darkroom.
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Instructions reveal a familiarity with the practice—hints like drilling a pinhole with a needle versus punching through; a broad gallery of different anthotype tones from fruits and vegetables—even while acknowledging that the complexities of materials and preferences generally require a substantial amount of trial and error to reliably get the desired results.
Where Experimental Photography exceeds similar handbooks is through its editorial selection of fine artists working with the techniques described. Photograms may be the simplest darkroom technique, but Ruth Erdt transforms them into sculptural vignettes.
The breadth of undertaking for Experimental Photography does hamper it in some ways. The editors assume a high level of skill, but very little experience on the part of their readers. Someone setting up a basic darkroom should likely practice for a while before jumping into processes with multiple ways to accidentally hurt oneself, like wet collodion.
With interest in pictorial and expressionist photography resurgent, Experimental Photography gives nascent photographers both the techniques and inspiration to move beyond Instagram filters into a lush, weird world of mad science and fine art. Experimental Photography: A Handbook of Techniques. Book Reviews Book Review.
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