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Experimental Photography

A Handbook of Techniques

Luca Bendandi


The first book to tap into the growing audience for alternative and analogue photography in its many highly creative forms

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Experimental Photography profiles and gives step-by-step instructions for nearly 40 processes. They include cameraless techniques such as photograms and camera obscura; pinhole, toy and hand-built cameras; camera hacking; manipulating negatives and printing processes; and post-printing treatments such as mordancage and bleaching. All are demonstrated via specially commissioned photoshoots, and accompanied by illustrated interviews with practising photographers. This is an unprecedented sourcebook of practical inspiration that celebrates the work of the exceptional artists, hackers and artisans who are pushing the boundaries of how we conceive photography.


'Brings the focus of photography back to the camera, the equipment and the techniques, showing that you don’t need filters to achieve organic and astonishing photographs'
Amateur Photographer

'Shows the flexibility of the medium when stripped down to its purest form … additional illustrated interviews with some of the most exciting practicing photographers in the field act as an aspirational resource for the reader'
Black and White Photography

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 23.0 x 17.7 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Publication date: 9 March 2015

ISBN: 9780500544372

Contents List

1. Cameraless • 2. Handmade, Toy and Disposable Cameras • 3. Operative Hacks • 4. Print Experimentation and Techniques • 5. Post-Printing Experimentation

About the Author

The authors are all members of SHS Publishing, a photography, design and publishing collective based in Rome and Berlin.

List of Contributors

Marco Antonini, Sergio Minniti, Francisco Gómez, Gabriele Lungarella

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