PREPARE PAPER – 1 teaspoon of tumeric > in shot glass > add 99% rubbing alcohol > fill shot glass to 3/4 > stir, until dissolved > use copy paper, cut and place in a disposable plate cover (it will stain!) > place a few sheets of paper towel over the paper in disposable plate > do this to catch any powder remains > let the paper soak solution, let sit for a few minutes, lay out in a dark room to dry, 10-15 minutes > set up, make a print ( keep out of bright light) > use a photo frame (glass) to hold objects in place during processing > In Sunlight, about 2-hours – OR – Blacklight, about an hour. Exposure depends on light.
FIXER – teaspoon of Borax, tap water > mix well in a glass > pour on the paper… bath it for a couple of minutes in the solution > quick rinse under tap water
You can use dried mint, coffee, or basil – anything with caffic acid, which converts the colorless silver ions in the photographic paper into dark silver to produce a negative image.
If using mint, make a strong mint tea by stirring 10g of dried mint leaves into 200ml of hot water. Leave to brew for 15min, then strain through a coffee filter into a new container. In another glass, measure out 200ml of cold water and add two 1000mg vitamin C tablets. Then gradually add 10g of bicarbonate of soda while stirring to help break down the bubbles. The bicarbonate helps the vitamin C dissolve and creates the alkaline conditions needed for the developer to work. Mix the two solutions together and leave to rest.
Make an acidic stop solution to halt the chemical reaction started by the developer. Just mix 5 ml of lemon juice with 200 ml of water.”
“A daguerreotype of a woman from the 1850s speaks to contested ideas of place, identity, and belonging—and offers urgent lessons for today.”
“The art historian Sarah Lewis writes that American citizenship has long been a project of vision and justice. The absence of photographs of the Chinese men and women who helped build California speaks to contested ideas of place, identity, and belonging that continue to shape our collective image of America today. The consequences of this erasure is clear: immigrants have experienced nearly a century of citizenship denied, and Asians who identify as American still live with a deep sense of not belonging. Though the Chinese Exclusion Act was officially repealed in 1943, when the US and China became World War II allies, stringent quotas for Chinese immigration remained in place until 1965. Many Gen X and millennial Asian Americans, myself included, are the first in their families born in America. How do we engage with the democratic ideals of American society when we don’t even see ourselves represented in it?” – https://aperture.org/editorial/how-do-photographs-reveal-a-history-of-asian-american-erasure/