I spent Friday in a darkroom at N.C. State University with Raleigh photographer David Simonton. We experimented with some of Gene Smith’s darkroom methods. David is a deep thinker and natural teacher. I’ve interviewed a number of Smith’s assistants, including recently in Japan, but I told David to start from a blank slate. He did a masterful job. First thing in the morning we sat around his kitchen table and he pulled sections from about 8 different books dating back to the 1950s, a few of which I’d not seen. Then we moved to State’s Craft Center to make prints and the last part of our day was spent working with ferricyanide on prints. For me, it was a first step toward writing well about technique in Gene Smith’s Sink. There are more steps to take. I want the writing to appeal to experts as well as mainstream readers.
Thus, I have a question: What is your favorite writing about photographic technique? Could be how-to, from a biography, from a novel, anything.
Many thanks for any responses, here or to me directly.