THE PHOTOGRAPHIC NEWS, Vol. IV., No. 105, September 7, 1860
In a recent interview with M. LIESEGANG, editor of the Photographic Journal, he handed. us a specimen. of a paper for photographs prepared with arrowroot instead of albumen. The surface is exquisitely fine and delicate, but without any of the glaze of albumen, which in the estimation of many persons of taste, gives such an effect of vulgarity to albumenized prints. The tone of a specimen we examined was highly satisfactory. We understand from M. LIESEGANG that this paper has been extensively used amongst photographers in Germany for some time past.
The method of preparation is as follows:--
The paper should be of medium thickness, and as fine in texture as possible: M. LIESEGANG prefers the German positive papers. To apply the solution "fasten firmly with small hails at the four corners, as many sheets of paper as you wish to prepare, to a smoothly planed board, keeping carefully uppermost the side which has a fine even surface, (called the felt side). When the arrowroot solution is cold, care-fully remove the film. formed upon the surface, for this would easily make the preparation uneven. With a very clean damp sponge, take up a little arrowroot and spread it over the uppermost sheet of paper in even stripes over its length and breadth. It should only be touched lightly so as not to make the paper rough. Then efface the stripes by soft touches with a second very clean sponge. Afterwards remove the paper from the board, hang it up on a line to dry, and treat the remaining sheets in the same manner.
The quantity - given . in the above formula is sufficient for about 12 sheets of 18 X 22 inches.
A sixty-grain nitrate of silver bath is to be used, and the printing conducted in all respects as for albumenized paper, With the exception that the sel d'or toning bath is recommended. We see no reason why the alkaline gold toning bath should not be used, although M. LIESEGANG expresses an Opinion that it is not suitable.
We hope shortly to experiment in this direction, and report the results, as from the excellent colour and surface of the sample of paper before us. in which there appears an almost entire absence of texture, we anticipate that, for portraiture especially, this paper will give the most satisfactory results.
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