Experimental Photography

Experimental Photography

A Handbook of Techniques

  1. Edited by Luca Bendandi
  2. With texts by Marco Antonini
  • ISBN 9780500544372
  • 23.00 x 17.50 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 240pp
  • With over 600 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2015

The first book to tap into the growing audience for alternative and analogue photography in its many highly creative forms, Experimental Photography is a manifesto against visual homogenization

‘Brings the focus of photography back to the camera, the equipment and the techniques, showing that you don’t need filters to achieve organic and astonishing photographs’ – Amateur Photographer
‘... shows the flexibility of the medium when stripped down to its purest form … additional illustrated interviews with some of the most exciting practicing photographers in the field act as an aspirational resource for the reader’– Black & White Photography

This book celebrates the new creative processes in which early analogue processes such as collodion and salt printing are undergoing a widespread revival, and new ones are evolving in combination with digital technology.

Specially commissioned photoshoots illustrate easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for some forty technical processes: cameraless techniques such as photograms and camera obscura; pinhole, toy and hand-built cameras; camera hacking; manipulating negatives and printing processes; and post-printing treatments such as mordançage and bleaching. These processes are accompanied by illustrated interviews with practising photographers such as Ackroyd & Harvey, Wayne M. Belger, Binh Danh, Ruth Erdt and Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs.

Marco Antonini is executive director and curator at NURTUREart, New York
Sergio Minniti is the creator of frankenphotography.com
Francisco Gómez is lab director at the art-space workshop Taller Milans in Barcelona
Gabriele Lungarella is lecturer in photography at IED Rome