“The first edition was a stunning achievement, and one I felt that was not likely to be superceded. Five short years later Christopher has created a new edition, a very new work, and a new standard. The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: 2nd Edition belongs in the libraries of not only every printmaking photographer, but collectors, photo historians, curators, artists, and students as well. This is, by far, the best alternative photographic process book ever!”

Richard Sullivan
Founder and C0-Owner, Bostick & Sullivan


"Among the things people grab first when fleeing a burning building are children, pets and family photographs. Photographers should probably add Christopher James' book, definitive now in its second edition.  It is the one indispensable text for mastering a full repertoire of alternative techniques in photography.  At a time when photography is threatened by digital blandness and terminal consistency, this book contains the creative antidote."

Lyle Rexer
Author of Photography's Antiquarian Avant-garde: The New Wave in Old Processes


 “As bit strings take over our photographic being – if not our lives – we need, more than ever, this playful and inspiring manual. James cheerfully and effectively instructs us, whether we are novice or adept, in the alchemical arts of transmuting our expressive photographic images, both digital and analogue, into hand-crafted prints which will forever bear our individual marks.”

Mike Ware
Author of Cyanotype: The History, Science & Art of Photographic Printing in Prussian Blue; Gold in Photography: The History and Art of Chrysotype, and over 50 publications on alternative process, history, preservation, and process.

 “Photographers in mourning for some vanished "factory" paper will get over it this minute, finding almost too many new thrills in grand old processes and grand new ones in this second edition. Expert alternative printers I know call James' first edition "the Bible." Now it's an even more lushly illustrated Bible, with clear and complete directions for every process in history From Golden Oldies through Contemporary Exotic, you'll find context, history, and clear, concise instructions. Equally golden is the enormous range of work shown, both seduction and inspiration from students, artists, icons of history, modern celebrities and lone experimenters. Christopher James has been leading, inspiring, and teaching delighted students for years, in every medium in the field. We are so lucky… he knows everything in the world about all of it.”

Judy Seigel
Publisher/Editor of World Journal of Post-Factory Photography and author of Read My T-shirtfor President

Christopher James has taken the most thorough book on the hand-made photograph and made it even more complete. It's full of every technical detail, historical anecdote and experimental idea he’s found over many years of research, practice and teaching, without sacrificing an ounce of his familiar enthusiasm and good humor. Even if you weren't interested in learning Alternative Photographic Processes - and why wouldn't you be, after reading this? -  You could read this book for pleasure alone.

Dan Estabrook

Artist, NYC