The Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsion Print is a cookbook of simple, basic recipes for making black and white printing paper and paper negatives, along with creative options for printing, toning, and coloring. Author Denise Ross draws from photographic literature from the last 135 years, adapting old recipes to fit modern tools, materials, and work spaces and modern twists have been applied to traditional techniques.

The book is divided into three sections: Section One lays the groundwork for this unique alternative process; Section Two provides the recipes; Section Three highlights contemporary silver gelatin artists.

The book features over 200 full-color images and covers key topics including:

Vocabulary: a list of terms used by traditional photographers and emulsion makers

  • Creating work spaces with the right tools and materials
  • Basic emulsion chemistry and paper coating techniques
  • Working with various negative options, analog and digital
  • Gaslight chloride contact printing paper
  • Kodabromide-type chlorobromide all-purpose paper
  • Bromide enlarging paper
  • Warm tone paper and developers
  • Making and toning your own printing-out paper (POP)
  • Matte surface and baryta coating surface paper
  • Paper negatives and making hand-drawn and digital masks
  • Toning handmade paper
  • Gum printing over handmade paper
  • Troubleshooting handmade paper
  • Artists working with handmade paper

The Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsion Print is for photographers who love the look and creative potential of black and white traditional photography but who want more control over the process and the end product. It is written for the beginner to experienced photographer, with processes initially explained in such a way that anyone will feel comfortable getting started, as well as information in increasing levels of complexity so that experienced photographers who enjoy a challenge will also find one.

part Section One|1 pages

The Important Stuff Before the Recipes

chapter Chapter 1|3 pages


chapter Chapter 2|5 pages


chapter Chapter 3|17 pages

The Darkroom

chapter Chapter 4|9 pages


chapter Chapter 5|11 pages

The Basics

chapter Chapter 6|19 pages

Coating Paper

chapter Chapter 7|9 pages

Troubleshooting Coating

chapter Chapter 8|19 pages


chapter Chapter 9|12 pages


chapter Chapter 10|11 pages

Toning and Other Ways to Add Color

part Section Two|1 pages

The Recipes

chapter Chapter 11|3 pages


chapter Chapter 12|5 pages

Baryta Coating Surface

chapter Chapter 14|15 pages

Three Salts Contact Printing Paper

chapter Chapter 15|14 pages

Chlorobromide (Kodabromide-Type) All-Purpose Paper

chapter Chapter 16|11 pages

Bromide Paper for Enlarging and Contact Printing

chapter Chapter 17|19 pages

Gelatin-Chloride Printing-Out Paper (POP)

chapter Chapter 18|28 pages

Paper Negatives

part Section Three|1 pages

The Contributors

chapter Chapter 19|3 pages

Ian Andvaag

chapter Chapter 20|17 pages

Radoslaw Brzozowski

chapter Chapter 21|5 pages

Didier Derien

chapter Chapter 22|6 pages

Edward Durrill

chapter Chapter 23|2 pages

Cate Sampson

chapter Chapter 24|3 pages

George L. Smyth