tylerjacobsen asked: Hi Tony, Your gum bichromate prints are beautiful! I’m a photographer and I’m going to start making gum prints. Your blog has been very informative. I do have a question; For the k or black exposure (layer) which neg are you using? In your description of making digital negs (invert, convert to multicolor, split channels), I get 3 separate files, cyan, magenta, and yellow, but no gray channel.
Thanks for the compliment. For printing black, I use the “C” negative with a short exposure at the very end with WN Lamp Black. I do three color separations to produce cyan, yellow and magenta negatives. There is no gray negative. Some people prefer to do four color separations to get cyan, yellow, magenta and a black negative. All of the test I’ve done for my prints have been with the three color (C,Y and M) negatives. Hope this helps.
Tony Gonzalez is an artist currently living in New York City. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and his MFA from Yale University. In addition to working as a fine art photographer, Gonzalez has taught photography for 30 years including at The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute and New York University. Since 2002, Gonzalez has been teaching full-time at Queens College, CUNY and is currently a Tenured Professor and Deputy Chair of the Photography & Imaging program. Gonzalez is a contributing author for The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, Second Edition and Third Edition by Christopher James and is featured most recently in the news book Gum Printing, A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice by Christina Z. Anderson and Alternate Processes in Photography by Brian Arnold.
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