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Handmade Calotype Paper Negatives & Salt Printing SERIES

I have a dedicated playlist on our YouTube channel for the handmade calotype paper negative and salt printing series.

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In the sections below, I share all of the books that I personally own related to calotype paper negatives and salt printing, and these are the books that I reference in my training videos. I have placed amazon links next to each book for you.

Below the books, I list the tools, chemistry, materials, and supplies used in the video training.

Technical Books For Calotype Paper Negatives & Salt Printing

  • The Albumen and Salted Paper Book: The History and Practice of Photographic Printing 1840-1895 by James Reilly [amazon]
  • Salted Paper Printing: A Step-by-Step Manual by Christina Anderson [amazon]
  • Salt Print by Peter Mrhar [amazon]
  • Chemical Pictures: Making Wet Collodion Negatives: Albumen, Salt, & Collodio-Chloride Prints by Quinn Jacobson [amazon]
  • The Salt Print Manual by Ellie Young [amazon]
  • Primitive Photography: A Guide to Making Cameras, Lenses, and Calotypes by Alan Greene [amazon]
  • Calotype or Paper Negatives: Historical and Alternative Photography [amazon]
  • The Calotype Process: A Hand Book to Photography on Paper (1855 Reprint) by Thomas Sutton [amazon]
  • Coming Into Focus: A Step-by-Step Guide to Alternative Photographic Printing Processes by John Barnier [amazon]
  • The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes 3rd Edition by Christopher James [amazon]
  • Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes [amazon]

History & Art Related Books

  • Illuminating Shadows: The Calotype in Nineteenth-century by David Hanlon [amazon]
  • Shadows and Light Bath in Camera 1849-1861 by David Michael Bray McLaughlin [amazon]
  • The Art of French Calotype with a Critical Dictionary of Photographers, 1845-1870 by Andre Jammes [amazon]
  • Paper and light: The calotype in France and Great Britain, 1839-1870 by Richard Brettell [amazon]
  • Natural Magic: Salted Paper Prints in North America by Jordan Bear [amazon]
  • Salts of Silver, Toned With Gold: The Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography by Anne Anninger [amazon]


In this section, I list the tools, materials, and supplies that I use in the video tutorials to make the calotype paper negatives and salt prints.


  • Sodium Chloride – Reagent Grade (I always use reagent grade salt) [amazon]
  • Kosher Salt [amazon]
  • Rochelle Salt [amazon]
  • Distilled Water [amazon]
  • Citric Acid (reagent grade, monohydrate) [amazon]
  • Silver Nitrate [amazon]


  • Canson Vidalon Vellum Paper (calotypes) (this is my favorite) [amazon]
  • Clearprint 1000H Vellum Paper (calotypes) [amazon]
  • Bienfang Graphics 360 Paper (calotypes) [amazon]
  • Arches Platine 310 Paper (salt prints) (classic choice and excellent choice) [amazon]
  • Rives BFK Paper (salt prints) (more texture than Arches) [amazon]


  • 1/8 Cup Stainless Steel Scooper [amazon]
  • Richeson 9000 1.5″ Brush (most used size and I have several of these) [amazon]
  • Richeson 9000 3/4″ Brush [amazon]
  • Hake Brush Set [amazon]