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Jim Patterson; MD by trade, but a lifelong chemistry buff.


I have always had a darkroom and I prefer analog photography to digital.


  • Bachelor of Science in PreMedicine with a major in chemistry

  • MD with Honors, Tulane. Honors project was a bedside test for blood sugar (chemistry!)

  • Courses in Alternative Photography at Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC, in Vandyke, Gum Bichromate, Cyanotype, Wet Collodion negatives, Albumen Prints, and Bromoil with David Lewis, Christina Z Anderson, Dan Estabrook, and Alyssa Salomon.

  • Course with Thomas McCartney in Platinum and Palladium at Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach, FL.

  • Book reviewer of “Cyanotype “ by Christina Z Anderson

  • Book reviewer of “Chrysotype “ by Leanne McPhee

  • Contributor to “Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes ....” 2nd Edition

Alt Photo processes I have experimented with: Cuprotype, Cobaltotype, Cyanotype, Bromoil, Cerium Aniline Black, Tintype, Ambrotype, Albumen, Ferric Carbon, Carbon, Polyferric Pigment Prints, Vandyke, Ozotype, Chiba Carbon, Gum Bichromate, Platinotype, Palladiotype, Ziatype, Gumoil. I am not a master of any particular one of these; I just love the chemistry involved.


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