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TPS Exhibtions > Alternative Process

Alternative Process
A traveling exhibition juried by Christopher James: Author and Professor and Chair, The Art Institute of Boston.

Amateur and professional photographers were invited to submit slides of their alternative processes works to the Texas Photographic Society (TPS), for the group’s Alternative Processes Traveling Exhibition. The Exhibition will travel throughout Texas for 2 years and be available for national exhibition sites.

Christopher James, and author of the Book of Alternative Photographic Processes will jury the competition. His book was the Winner of The Golden Light Technical Book of the Year Award in 2001. An exhibit catalogue will be published with exhibiting photographers receiving three copies and entrants receiving one. The catalogue will be sent to photography magazines, curators, museums and photography collector's.

Eligibility: All prints made using an alternative process are eligible and the exhibition is open to all subject matter. Examples of acceptable processes are albumen, collotype, kallitype, Lazertran, anthotype, Ziatype, carbon, Argyrotype, cyanotype, daguerreotype, gum bichromate, salted paper, photogravure, platinum and palladium, van dyke, hand applied emulsions, wet-plate collodion, and combinations of all of the above. No digital, c-prints, Polaroid® or solvent transfers, or gelatin silver prints will be accepted unless combined with an alternative process.

Alternative Processes Calendar
September 23
Entries due in San Antonio, TX.

October 31
Notice of accepted entries sent and posted on the TPS website.

November 29
Prints due in San Antonio, TX.

Alternative Processes exhibit opens in Odessa at the Options Gallery at Odessa College. Date to be determined.

Download the 2008 Alternative Prcoesses Call for Entries in text formatt.

To pay your Alternative Process entry fee from TPS secure website.

Juror's Pre-Jurying Comments:
This is such an amazing and exciting time in the history of photography. As it has done since the beginning, the medium is making a great sea change, a transition from the comfortable way it has been, incorporating the best of its traditions and history in concert with the new digital technologies. As a result, alternative process image making is undergoing, in a very real way, a renaissance.

The creative opportunities of alternative photographic processes have been, until recently, relatively unexplored territory for the contemporary artist… that’s changing rapidly. Alternative process image making has never been so popular and as the technical democracy of digital imaging dominates the majority of the medium, visually creative artists and photographers, of all ages, and disciplinary backgrounds, are actively exploring modes of photographic expression that are not solely dependent on commercially packaged materials. These artists are formulating, and hand applying, their own sensitizers, and emulsions, and returning to the exploratory roots of light-writing. They are embracing the possibilities of the hand-made print; the marriage of nineteenth century craft, science, and romanticism in concert with twenty-first century technologies and conceptual perceptions.

About the Juror:
Christopher James is an internationally known artist and photographer whose paintings and alternative process images have been exhibited in galleries and museums in this country and abroad. His work has been published and shown extensively, including shows in The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The George Eastman House, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His book, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (Delmar, 2001) has received unprecedented critical acclaim, was the winner of The Golden Light Technical Book of the Year award, and has become the standard reference text in alternative process image making. His second, and significantly expanded, edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: 2nd Edition was released in February 2008. Christopher, after 13 years at Harvard University, is currently Professor and Chair of Photography at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.


Amarillo Texas Southern Light Gallery
Longview Texas Image Gallery
Odessa Texas Options Gallery
San Antonio Texas River City Silver
Gainesville Florida University of North Florida

Carol Adleman Lusk Wisconsin Cyanotype
Diana Hooper Bloomfield Raleigh North Carolina Pinhole platinum/palladium
Clint J. Blowers Philadelphia Pennsylvania Van Dyke
Rocky Boudreaux Houston Texas Platinum/Palladium
Dan Burkholder Carrollton Texas Pigment over platinum
Jill Skupin Burkholder Carrollton Texas Bromoil
Lana Z. Caplan Boston Massachusetts Tintype
Dusty Demerson Crested Butte Colorado Giclee print
Kay J. Denton Austin Texas Gold toned printing out paper
Matthew Gamber Jamaica Plain Massachusetts Gold toned printing out paper
Raymond Gendreau Bainbridge Isl Washigton Van Dyke Brown
Joy Goldkind St. James New York Bromoil
Tony Gonzalez New York New York Gum Bichromate
Carol Hayman Austin Texas Solar print
Mary Daniel Hobson Muir Beach California Kodalith & mixed media collage
Susan Huber Salt Spring Isl BC, Canada Gold toned printing out paper
John Jenkins III Seattle Washigton Tintypes
Byung Wha Lee Ft. Meyers Florida Cyanotype
Peter Liepke Warwick Rhode Island Bromoil from paper negative
Clare Loughran Kensington Maryland Salted paper process
Scott McMahon Boston Massachusetts Pinhole tintype
Eileen Brady Nelson Piermont New York Platinum/Palladium
Truong Viet Nguyen Garland Texas Platinum
David Puntel San Francisco California Wet-plate collodion
Lynn Reynolds Lake Charles Louisiana Cyanotype, 2 color gumprint with mixed media
Alyssa Salomon Richmond Virginia Daguerreotype, becquerel method
Thurman Enrique Sanabria New York New York Van Dyke
Rosira Correia Sasser Hot Springs Arkansas Polaroid emulsion peel on gold leaf
Travis LeRoy Southworth Tucson Tucson Lambda Print
Amanda Stahl Johnson City Texas Tintype
Andrew L. Strout Norman Oklahoma Palladium
Leah Stubbs Austin Texas Pinhole
Jane Taylor Huntington West Virginia Archival digital print
Rayna Manger Tedford Superior Colorado Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown
Gary Thompson Baltimore Maryland Digitally composited silver print
Sarah Van Keuren Lansdowne Pennsylvania Cyanotype & gum bichromate
Mary Dorsey Wanles Topeka Kansas Gum bichromate over cyanotype
Dane Websters Manhattan Kansas Archival Inkjet
Barbara Yoshidas New York New York Silicone Intaglio
Jim Zeilan Garland Texas Cyaotype & water colors
Christopher James Dublin New Hampshire Piezo with carbon inks on rag



Select images from the 2003 Exhibition.

Carol Adleman

Jill Skupin Burkholder

Peter Liepke
Bromoil from paper negative

Scott McMahon
Pinhole tintype

Rosira Correia Sasser
Polaroid emulsion peel on gold leaf

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