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Documentation of the Orotone (Curt-Tone) process?
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I've been making my own silver gelatine glass plates and am exploring ways to print and present positives.I'm intrigued by historical orotones such as the ones produced by Edward S. Curtis in early…Continue

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Roger Hyam replied to Roger Hyam's discussion Documentation of the Orotone (Curt-Tone) process?
"Fascinating John, Thank you . I'm not sure I totally understand how the process worked. In my mind I have then negative sticking to the initial print. It sounds like a transferred gum bichromate print. Not something I'll rush to trying. At…"
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John Marriage replied to Roger Hyam's discussion Documentation of the Orotone (Curt-Tone) process?
"Hello Roger This is parallel to your enquiry rather than a direct reply! There is another process for producing prints that look very like Orotones, but worked in a completely different way. Indeed, some prints of this sort have been mistakenly…"
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Alan Hodgson replied to Roger Hyam's discussion Documentation of the Orotone (Curt-Tone) process?
"Hi Roger. An overview of the Curtis Centennial Project appeared in the BJP 06.10.99 pp16-17, followed by a short feature in The Times 11.10.99. If your French is up to it there was a more detailed article in Le Photographe #1580 in December 2000…"
Nov 13
Roger Hyam replied to Roger Hyam's discussion Documentation of the Orotone (Curt-Tone) process?
"Hi Alan, I hadn't heard of the Curtis Centennial Project. When I google I mainly get people selling prints with the compelling project description on the back. Yes I'd be really interested to know more. Any reading you can pass my way…"
Nov 12
Alan Hodgson replied to Roger Hyam's discussion Documentation of the Orotone (Curt-Tone) process?
"Hi Roger. I believe banana oil and bronze powder was used in the past. When I was at Ilford we did plates for a Centennial version of Curtis' work. We ended up using a gold metallic paint spray. As I recall the services of a motobike fuel tank…"
Nov 12
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Documentation of the Orotone (Curt-Tone) process?

I've been making my own silver gelatine glass plates and am exploring ways to print and present positives.I'm intrigued by historical orotones such as the ones produced by Edward S. Curtis in early 20th Century.There are a few contemporary techniques employed to produce a positive on a glass with a gold/bronze background but my early attempts with these acrylic paint or faux gold leaf based methods look pretty tacky - more like a novelty mirror than the subtle works from the 1920s!Is anyone…See More
Nov 10
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Forth Rail Bridge, November 2020

This was taken using a simple silver bromide/iodide emulsion on glass similar to those used when the bridge opened in 1890 (or perhaps a little earlier). 4x5 plate scanned and toned. 16 minute exposure.
Nov 10
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I enjoy working with historic photographic techniques blended with the modern. Currently I'm exploring using my own 1880s style silver gelatine emulsions.

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