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... about Photogenic Drawing, Salt Printing and Calotype ...

(updated: April 10th, 2021)

What is: "Photogenic Drawing, Salt printing and the Calotype process"? 

I'm especially interested in the printing processes invented by William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) - Photogenic Drawing, Salt Printing and the Calotype Process (a.k.a. Talbotype) - and some other processes derived from his work, like Albumen Printing.

I'm studying the history and works of W.H. Fox Talbot - asn an ongoing project - and will post about my findings and insights on this page from tim to time. In time I'll also ad more information on how to use and practice these processes yourself. It will be a continious work in progress.
Please feel free to send me an email if you've got some additional info (or sources) or a question for me ;)
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Who was William Henry Fox Talbot?

(... to be written yet ...)

See also the info on Wikipedia

William Henry Fox Talbot, photographed by John Moffat, May 1864.

Downloadable public domain books

There are still many old books available about these processes from the dawn of photography. These books have entered the public domain because the copyrights have expired. A public domain book is one that was never subject to copyright or whose legal copyright term has expired. Whether a book is in the public domain may vary country to country. I collected some of these books on this download page.

Some of my own prints

Here are some examples of my work:

Salt Print on hand coated aquarel paper

Albumen print on hand coated aquarel paper. This is an old Oak tree (over 130 years old) in my back yard, that died after it was struck by lightning.


This is an Albumen print on aquarel paper, made from an anlogue negative shot with a Olympus Mju-II (never leave home without it). This is the town of Deventer at high water of the river IJssel. "Albumen" is made from fresh eggs and used instead of gelatine to seize the paper. It also gives a beautiful glow to the print (sorry, I can't show that online).

Albumen print on aquarel paper. I'll post a Salt print from the same negtive later for comparison.

"Have fun and catch that light beam!"
Bert from Holland

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"... avoiding the common illusion that creative work depends on equipment alone ..." (Ansel Adams in his book "The Camera")

"... I enjoy vintage cameras as “users,” rather than imprisoning them in some display case"

"... It's the bottom of a staircase that spirals out of sight ...

"... but I just love the good natured mirth you provided ..." (a complement I enjoyed receiving)


(The lens scematics in my logo is a Carl Zeiss Distagon 21 /2.8 retrofocus lens)

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