The Salt Printing Manual by Ellie Young – book review by Mike Ware
The salt print was first photographic process on paper. The apparent simplicity of Henry Talbot’s original invention is deceptive and conceals many pitfalls. Like all finely-crafted skills, a consistently successful practice only derives from a deep understanding and experience of the basic materials involved.
The entire content of The Salt Printing Manual is underpinned by the author’s extensive research experience. In this practical manual, Ellie Young now explains in a systematic way everything that the artistic practitioner could wish to know, in clear and jargon-free language. Her comprehensive and authoritative instructions can be relied on for hand-making monochrome silver photographic images on fine-art papers.
These photographs can display a richness in their tonality that has never been surpassed by any other process in the entire 175 years of photography. It is good to see it still alive and well today, being practised with great artistic effect.
The Salt Printing Manual
By Ellie Young
Published by Gold Street Studios 2011