Bromoil with the Master

One of my favorite forms of “antiquarian” photographic printmaking, the bromoil process, is also one of the scarcest. That may be because of the difficulty in getting it right. Bromoil seems simple and direct—no need to make enlarged internegatives, for one thing—and that was partly why I was inspired to try it myself some years ago. I struggled with it, made a small group of pictures, then gave it up.

One of my favorite forms of "antiquarian" photographic printmaking, the bromoil process, is also one of the scarcest. That may be because of the difficulty in getting it right. Bromoil seems simple and direct—no need to make enlarged internegatives, for one thing—and that was partly why I was inspired to try it myself some years ago. I struggled with it, made a small group of pictures, then gave it up.