The Albumen and Salted Paper Book

by James M. Reilly
Price: $34.99


The Albumen and Salted Paper Book is a descriptive history of the major photographic printing processes that were used between the years 1840-1895. These first 50 years of photography established a tradition of individual experimentation and craftsmanship where each photographer participated in the manufacture of the printing materials that were used. Albumen print and salted paper print were the ordinary, all-purpose materials of the time—albumen print is the second most common type of photograph ever made. This book describes both the technical information of these historical materials and offers the reader a very organized approach to this interesting process.


About the Author 
James Reilly is the Director of the Image Permanence Institute, a recognized leader in the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural property.  IPI is jointly sponsored by the Rochester Institute of Technology and The Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T).  Mr. Reilly has written and lectured extensively on the environmental management of images and fine arts preservation.


Book details

Publisher: RIT Press (12/2012)
ISBN-13: 978-1-933360-78-2
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 188
Illustrations: Black and White
Size: 6 x 9 in.
Shipping Weight: 1

Table of contents

1 Basic Principles 
2 Working Environment, Equipment and Materials  
3 Salted Papers  
4 Albumen Paper
5 Alternative and Hybrid Papers  
6 Sensitization  
7 Tone Reproduction and Print Exposure  
8 Toning  
9 Fixation and Washing  
10 Finishing, Mounting and Storage  
11 The Question of Permanence  
Afterword: Author’s update to the 2nd Edition
Appendix A: Further Reading
Appendix B: Titration Method for Determining Strength of Silver Nitrate Solutions
Appendix C: Some Guidelines for the Identification of Albumen and Salted Paper Prints
References for Illustrations