We’re beginning to get a small collection of books together in the studio covering aspects of photography and especially black & white darkroom practice.  Some are inherited and others are being kindly donated.  Of particular note, I’d like to mention John Blakemore’s Black and White Photography Workshop (http://www.davidandcharles.co.uk/display.asp?k=9780715317211&) which, over the past few months, I’ve found to be a superb source of practical help & inspiration.  It’s been really useful just having a copy close at hand, as it’s brimming with helpful suggestions.  John taught photography at the University of Derby, has led countless independent workshops, and this is a distillation of his teaching over 25 years.  He’s particularly good at considering tonality, both in the negative and the print, and has very helpful discussions on decision-making throughout, along with a good range of test print examples to illustrate each stage.  I can see myself quoting from him from time to time, so I feel an introduction is in order!  It’s worth noting the book comes in paperback as well as hardback.

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