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Would you like to support us? We believe this resource should be free and will NOT put up a paywall – so, please help us by becoming a Supporting Member to:

  • Learn alternative processes with free information.
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  • Connect with other photographers.

We believe learning should be hands-on, fun and inspiring. We regularly add more articles, galleries, technical information that we think are useful to learn about alternative processes.

“ has completely changed my artistic and teaching practice, I can’t thank you enough, it’s just amazing. Keep going!”

Rachel Sokal, Photographer and Workshop Facilitator.

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What you think

Spiffy Tumbleweed“It is not an exaggeration to say that this site and the creative community it has spawned have changed my life. What began as a simple inquiry about how cyanotypes are done has grown into years of experimentation and rewarding creative expression, and I feel that I have barely scratched the surface. I still hesitate to call myself a photographer, but I’m happy and proud to be an alt process guy.”

Spiffy Tumbleweed.

Don Grant“I want to thank you for the alternative processes photography web site that you edit and all of the efforts that you have made for those of us who have come to love this world of alternative process photography. At this time I only do cyanotypes but I hope to soon learn gum bichromates. Life was good before I starting into alternative process, but it great now.”

Don Grant.

Liam Smith tintype portrait“Long time follower of the blog, I love the eclectic mix of work on show.
I followed your tintype step by step and finally managed to crack the process! It took a long time to finally source everything and achieve consistent results but I think I’ve nailed it!
Just wanted to let you know how useful your article was, I’ve been wanting to make tintypes since my teenage years.”

Liam Smith – photography teacher and your number one fan.
Why membership?

This site takes a lot of work and maintenance, but we don’t charge for it, and we don’t get paid. We do this because we love doing it – and we also believe information should be free. Anyone should be able to access the knowledge they need to carry out their art. The more items we add to the site, the more popular the site gets. This is great. We want to keep doing this.

What we ask from you is that if you find the information here valuable and are able to contribute towards the cost of running the site – we would really appreciate it. The money will only go to running and improving the site, promoting the artists, and adding more functionality. Nothing else. No one gets paid.

  • If you don’t like using PayPal, email us for an address to send a contribution.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us by email. appreciates your support – it is very welcome and we thank you very much.

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To keep subscribing to your Supporting Membership at you do not need to do anything. Paypal will automatically draw the fee on the same date next year, but you can cancel any time you wish. There will be no notification before the fee is drawn next year, so either make a note of the date you subscribed or change your Paypal settings to receive notification emails. Do this:

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We are very grateful that you consider becoming a supporting member and that you enjoy the website!

“Was thrilled to hear that one of my cyanos was accepted into the Black and White Photography magazine/ Alternative Photography Competition. A big thank you goes out to Malin for the many years of providing guidance through her books and building a wonderful community of alternative photographers!”

Rebecca Bruyn – Artist.

Christian Klant“Alternative Photography is probably the best way to get a brief overview of all the different alternative techniques. It’s a pity that I realised so late that I’m able to support this base of knowledge by getting a member. But now I am!”

Christian Klant – photographer.

6 thoughts on “Become a member”

  1. As an artist whose practice is centered around experimental photography and historical photographic processes, has been an invaluable resource to me over many years. In today’s society, it is not often that one encounters access to comprehensive educational resources along with an experienced and supportive community FREE of cost. With the advent of digital photographic technologies as well as continued advances in VR and AR, it is imperative that the art of alternative photographic processes not be lost to time. is a treasure chest of information; ensuring that historical photographic processes will continue to live, with access provided to all regardless of financial wherewithal. Thank you for your dedication to this art form.

  2. Alternative Photo has been an amazing resource and reference for me over the years! Whether I want a refresher, find inspiration or learn a new process – I can find everything I need here.

  3. Hi,
    I stumbled onto your site via Cafe and excitedly thought that I had found a potential show in which to enter my very alternative photography. Alas, I think that I do not fit into the mold. I am a sculptor and a photographer and began in the early 1960’s using wet darkrooms and hand tinting while participating in the Earthworks and Conceptual arts movements in the San Francisco Bay area art scenes and schools. I spent years working in abstract metal sculpture and pursued documentary and abstract photography.

    A few years ago I began to sculpt my large photographs. I find that sculpting the photographs satisfies my desire to sculpt using heavy weight art paper, in stead of metal. The photographic subject matter is usually captured in the fabulous reflections discovered in the huge chrome bumpers and paint jobs found on1950’s automobiles.

    Yes, I do use a large Epson digital printer and work on heavy fine art paper supplied by Epson. I process my images very minimally. I have felt for some time that PhotoShop has ruined most photography. I do use Lightroom’s tools that mimic the manipulations that I could use in the old, wet darkrooms. I do fanatically believe that the capture of the photograph is the most important part of the process.

    I have seen a few attempts by photographers to add real depth to their work, but usually it only involves folding the paper, or cutting it up. It would take a large investment of time to learn how to actually sculpt the images. If you are curious, visit my website and you will see that I include frontal and side shots of some of the work so that it’s depth can be perceived in spite of our flat screens.

    I do enjoy the processes that I have developed, but it is a bit lonely out here. I have been in a few good shows, however my list of rejections would be enough to discourage most artists. The fine art world is still weary about photography (particularly the overused digital photography) and the photography world is…………………..still rather flat.

    Congrats on your interesting and important site.


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