Collaboration and Connections: Postprints of the AICCM Paper, Books and Photographic Materials Special Interest Group Symposium, Sydney 1-3 April 2004, pp. 93-97
What is a Bromoil print? Also known as an alternative process or pigment control process, the bromoil process was invented in 1907 and is still practiced today by a dedicated few. It is a relatively obscure process that combines photography, painting and printmaking. A bromoil print is a photograph from which the original silver is removed and substituted with a pigment in an oil base. Both black and white and colour prints can be produced using this method and the final appearance of the print will depend on how the ink is applied to the matrix. An outline of the historical context of the process will be included and contemporary photographers who are using this process will be introduced. An explanation of the process of producing bromoil prints will be presented following discussions with a contemporary Melbourne photographer using this method of printing. Reference will be made to examples in Australian collections.