Re: tooth and no tooth

Date: 11/13/04-12:28:57 PM Z
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Sorry to disagree with you.
Prints on alluminum are great.
Just read Photo-Imaging by Jill Enfield and whatever she does it applies to
gum as well.

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Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 1:54 AM
Subject: tooth and no tooth

> > wrote:
> >> Glass and alluminum are perfectly clean without any "tooth" and you can
> >> print perfectly on them, right?
> I haven't heard of anyone who can print gum on a hard surface without a
> substrate or some kind of roughing up. If I remember correctly, Galina
> uses gelatin.
> And I daresay Christopher James is right about ways to get "tooth" on
> those impervious materials... HOWEVER, I think the business about "tooth"
> being needed on paper, needs some qualification: It's quite possible to
> make a reasonable gum print on a smooth paper (I've used for instance a
> Strathmore plate finish drawing paper). Odds are the highlights will wash
> off, so unless you take steps it won't be full tonal scale -- but probably
> about 75% of the image will arrive.
> And, (drum roll please) the story about gum hanging onto the tooth in
> *paper* is another one of those Anderson fairy tales... exactly like the
> great GPR test (oops I said it again). Anderson decided it was *logical*
> and never checked it against a control, drew this scientific-looking
> diagram, which in due course was copied from Dudley & Henney into Keepers
> of Light & I don't remember where else, but I've seen it here or there.
> I don't think this is one of the great mysteries of photography either: On
> paper, even with no tooth, the gum solution soaks into the paper fibers,
> and so, instead of sliding off (as it would from a hard, entirely
> non-absorbent surface) it makes a print. In fact I think a pretty fair
> print with some rudimentary highlights can be gotten -- it's years since I
> tested it and there seemed little reason to continue -- but, facts is
> facts.
> Judy
Received on Sat Nov 13 12:30:12 2004

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