Primitive Photography explores the hand-made photographic process in its entirety, showing the reader how to make film-holders, box cameras, lenses, paper negatives, and salt prints, using inexpensive tools and materials found in most hardware and art supply stores.
Step-by-step procedures are presented alongside theoretical explanations and historical background. Reliable calotype procedures from the 1840s-50s are demonstrated, featuring streamlined paper negative processes and convenient salt-printing methods by development.
Primitive Photography combines the simplicity of pinhole photography, the handmade quality of alternative process, and the precision of large-format. For those seeking alternatives to commercially prepared material, as well as to digital photography, Primitive Photography provides the ability to create the entire photographic process from the ground up.
Each chapter can be read separately, in order to focus upon a particular area of interest, such as building a camera, constructing lenses, making paper negatives, or salt printing.