Schramm Studio specializes in photographic processes which were invented in the Victorian Era, mostly by French artists. By the 20th century most photographers had settled on the silver/gelatin process. Today, digital imaging is the primary process. However, there are hundreds of fine art photographers who are keeping the old processes alive (today known as the "alternative processes").
As one of these alternative process artists, Schramm believes that in making these types of images, the artist interacts more intimately with the image than he does with modern digital imaging. This is probably because these image-making processes are more difficult to master and subject to being sensitive to small variations in the processing.
The alternative processes have qualities that surpass that of digital images and cannot be duplicated by digital imaging. Thus the images seen in this web site only approximate what would be seen if you were viewing the images in person.
As with all art media, the artist must be in control of the final image. Nowhere in photography does the artist have greater control than in alternative process printing.
The first practical photographic process was invented by Louis J.M. Daguerre in 1837. The image is formed by droplets of mercury on a silver plate. It has a look which is unique. The process is difficult to master and extremely dangerous unless precautions are taken. The following are images of daguerreotypes, made by R.W. Schramm, using the original Daguerre process. The daguerreotypes are sealed in a passe-partout mat in an 8x10 frame. The image size is 4x5. Price $1000 plus $25 shipping and handling.
Grand Central Station
Rainy Night on Rue Ste. Opportune (NFS)
This printing process uses gold instead of silver to form the image. It was first mentioned as a practical process by Herschel (the astronomer). Unfortunately, he did not specify a practical formula for the process. R.W. Schramm, working with Liam Lawless in Great Britain, perfected a practical formula for this process. There are a small number of fine art photographers making chrysotypes today. Matted prints of the following images are available at a price of $600 (8x10 or 5x7) plus $15 shipping and handling.
Nude No. 8
A Trinity of Pears
This is a very old printing process in which uranium metal forms the image. The amount of uranium in the prints is small, so that a Geiger-Mueller counter cannot detect it, nevertheless, it is slightly radioactive. Today, only two printers are known to be making uranium prints, one of whom is R.W. Schramm. Prints of the following images are available at $800 per print (8x10) plus $15 postage and handling.
For more information on the use of uranium in photography, see my article at Unblinking Eye.
Rainy Night on Rue Ste. Opportune
At the bookstalls
Schramm Studio has available a large number of additional daguerreotypes, chrysotypes, uranotypes and cyanotypes, gum prints, kallotypes, etc. Write for further information. Also, if you have any questions, contact us
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