Bromoil A Plain English Working Manual and User’s Guide for Beginners in the Bromoil Process. Front Cover. Gene Laughter. G. Laughter, -. I just double checked my copy, it is a signed copy, but it has been signed using my name. It is also in mint condition. I also have a dvd from. OIL PRINTS AND BROMOIL. Oil prints, bromoil and mediobrome are processes that belong to a same family: all of them . Bromoil , Gene Laughter,

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It is possible to separate the bleaching and tanning processes, though in general Bromil find that a properly exposed and developed print will bleach in less time than it takes to tan, and so it is a waste of time to separate them. All these solutions will keep indefinitely in brown glass bottles.

More than one writer on bromoil has stated that the acid bath allows the matrix to accept ink more easily–however, my own experience is exactly the opposite– the acid bath softens the gelatin so much that I find the matrix very difficult to ink. I agitate continuously and allow the blacks in the image to emerge fully, which usually takes 50 to 60 seconds, then I remove the print to a tray of plain water where I let it sit with no agitation for 60 brommoil.

Development should be stopped either with a plain water stop for prints developed in amidol or a diluted acetic acid stop.

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When I did this, I learned to tell the difference between a matrix that has not been bleached enough and a matrix that has not been tanned enough.

Most modern workers omit this step.

I have tried using factorial development, as is recommended in some old manuals, but ultimately I found that a development time of about three minutes seems to be optimal with Dektol 1: A, all with the aim of introducing Americans, interested in the alternative photographic printing processes, brooil the Art of Bromoil.

Thus began a long journey of research and learning. The copper sulfate solution is the bleaching agent, while the dichromate solution is the tanning agent which hardens the gelatin.


Guiding information was gathered mainly from the literature I had collected and eventually by attending Bromoil workshops conducted, alas, in a very strict traditionalists’ manner. At this point, the print can be resoaked and the highlights inked appropriately. The time in the stop bath is 30 seconds, with continuous agitation.

Be careful not to crease the wet matrix, as this is very easy to do under water. There are so many variables in the bromoil process, that it is rare for any two bromoilists to follow exactly the same procedure in detail. It resulted, a year later,in the publication of “Bromoil “, a plain English working manual and users’ guide for beginners.

Bromlil a lesser increase in contrast, roll the print underwater.

In the early days, unfortunately, I was working in beomoil of a vacuum. Given below are the major steps, in order. Amidol Developer given by David Lewis. At some point, manufacturers began to superharden the gelatin in their papers as well as make papers with very smooth, glossy surfaces.


Solution 2 should be mixed fresh for each use. I do not add any acid.

The swollen gelatin feels slippery, while the hardened gelatin feels rough. Solution 1 can be used repeatedly, until bleaching times are too long. After retiring I turned to photography as a serious hobby around Air dry for 6 hours and superdry as before. I became interested in the Bromoil Process after seeing Bromoil reproductions in books and magazines. If you wish to use an amidol formula, I can recommend the one bronoil by David Lewis, which is simple and quite old.

With most papers, you can usually feel the difference between swollen portions and hardened portions. Venn Two Solution Bleach.

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Preliminary Notes on Bromoil by Ed Buffaloe. Colder water requires longer soak times. A very quick method for getting started with inking is to use a large boar bristle brush and ink the entire matrix until it is completely covered, with no regard for high or low values. Today this is the most widely-used bleach formula, though there are a number of variations. For bromoip I use 1: For normal prints, I use 1: