Sara is a fine art photographer who lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their two cats. She is a 2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She has won awards for her photography, and is included in the book “Alternative Photography: Art and Artists, Edition 1”
Some of the work shown are albumen photographs. Invented in 1850 by Louis Desire Blanquart-Evrard, it was the first commercially exploitable method of producing a print on a paper base from a negative. It used the albumen found in egg whites to bind the photographic chemicals to the paper and became the dominant form of photographic positives from 1855 to the turn of the century, with a peak in the 1860-90 period.
Albumen prints are placed in direct contact with the negative. Since the image emerges as a direct result of exposure to light and without the aid of a developing solution, the albumen print is a ‘Printed’ rather than ‘Developed’ photograph. A bath of Sodium thiosulfate then fixes the print’s exposure and prevents further darkening. Finally, gold toning improves the photograph’s tone and helps protect it from fading.
Handmade Albumen prints are available for purchase through Sara. Please contact Sara with inquiries.
c/o Sid Ceaser Photography
3 Pine Street • Studio 2D
Nashua NH, 03060