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The Bromoil Process
Bromoil is a rare form of hand-inking photographs. The process was created in the early 1900's and became very popular for its soft and painterly appearance. I begin with a silver gelatin (black and white) print that I print in a traditional darkroom. From there, I bleach the silver and harden the gelatin in a chemical bath. Once this step is complete, I am able to apply inks to the fragile surface in thin layers with special brushes to create the effect I want. Generally, this process will create a delicate etched appearance. Every bromoil is unique and original and can often take weeks to complete. It has become a lost art, so it is rare to find a Bromoil these days.