What Are Your Favorite Darkroom or Large Format Photography Books of All Time?

November 29, 2016  •  15 Comments

I thought it would be fun and interesting to ask my global audience what their two favorite darkroom or large format photography books of all time?  

Here is the only rule.  If you could never buy another photography book covering darkroom or large format topics, which one or two books would you choose?  

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Comments from my Facebook Friends

  • Craig S. - Way Beyond Monochrome 2nd edition by Ralph Lambrecht 
  • James K. - Ansel Adams
  • Jim D. - Ansel's 40 Examples Book
  • Stacey F. - Kodak B&W Darkroom Book From the 70's and 80's 
  • Fred S. - Beyond the Zone System

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Jon Ford(non-registered)
I second Ephraums' book, and 40 Examples. Holding out for a (cheap-ish) copy of John Blakemore's 'Black and White Photography Workshop'. I enloyed Gene Nocons book 'Photographic Printing'. But then there are so many books out there.... who can read them all?!
Ian McVea(non-registered)
I'm late to this party, but Alfred Blaker's "Applied Depth of Field" is a remarkable work, and resource.
Ron Evans(non-registered)
Assuming that imagination and seeing play an important part in making photographs, just as cameras and lenses do, read "The Poetics of Space" by Gaston Bachelard. Then read "Looking at Photographs" by John Szarkowski.
Bob Linebarger(non-registered)
The Photographer's Master Printing Book. Tim Rudman
The Master Photographer's Toning Book. Tim Rudman
These two books offer detailed directions for printing and toning from simple basic work to skills needed for highly experienced darkroom workers. I like the challenge of trying new techniques of toning and experimenting with different working solutions to produce interesting results.
Martin Bluhm(non-registered)
Andreas Feininger: Grosse Fotolehre (not sure how it is called in English). I mostly learned my film and darkroom techniques from this book even I also have the Ansel Adams books which were mentioned earlier. I personally prefer the Feininger since it is more comprehensive - Adams often gets too detailed when getting started.
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