• Grant Handgis

Alchemist's Guide; to Black and White Photo Chemistry

I am very happy to announce the completion and listing of my recent book "Alehcmist's Guide; to Black and White Photo Chemistry", long title easy to read material on the practices and procedures of black and white photography.

As I make mention in the book's listing, black and white photography is a malleable process, allowing every photographer to use the principles, and wide array of options in b&w processing, to realize pre-visualized expressions of their photographs. This process begins before the shutter is released, and is concluded after the finished print is drying.

This book was written as a photographer's guide, a manual for practices and procedures for the craft of black and white photography. I've divided the book into five parts to separate the stages of the fuller process; shutter to print, to better focus on the importance of each stage.

This book includes a full explanation of the negative, the underlying process of development, procedures for controlling the negative, b&w photo chemistry principles and explanations of chemical elements, practical formulas for today's films and prints, and a final section with equivalents, weights & measures, with a full list of formulas & fixers for easy access in the lab. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

This is the only book I have ever begun, while in the middle of writting another book. I would argue I was compelled to put to the page, thirty years of black and white photographic experience and knowledge of black and white photo chemistry. Those photographers who's love for black and white film, and the reciprocal chemical development procedures, will understand my love of and connection to fine black and white photography, and its continued pursuit. It is those shooters for whom this book was written.


g. Michael Handgis Photography


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