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Photographic Processes - (Hand
made photographic -emulsions and processes) - Important Information !
AND SAFETY PROCEDURES for alternative photographic processes
most important information you can have about these processes is in this
area, it could stop you becoming sensitized to the chemicals, getting
sick or even save your life. Theodore Hogan makes a very relevant comment
about experimenting with the limits of the materials in "The New Photography",
that illustrates the point well, " Just remember that you may exhaust
your limits long before the materials reveal theirs". - " Ignorance
of how to safely handle the chemicals used in various printing techniques
can put you out of the picture".
The chemical might still be on the shelf when you are in the grave!
a correct understanding of these materials, processes and environments
to handle them in is essential. Almost all photographic chemicals can
irritate the eyes, nose, throat and skin. Exposure to some chemicals such
as cyanides and solvents (Turps and mineral spirits) may cause headaches,
weakness, dizziness, and a sense of confusion. Prolonged exposure with
chromate's may result in skin ulcers.
chemicals can produce severe skin and lung burns, and if they get in your
eyes, blindness (hydrochloric acid, oxalic acid, potash, silver nitrate).
As with other photographic processes, the most common and extreme cause
of health problems occurs in situations where artists have inadvertently
consumed chemicals while drinking, eating or smoking and for this reason
it is recommended that all of these are totally banned in the darkroom
area. To minimize this potential it is crucial to wash your hands with
soap before engaging in any of the above activities after you have been
working with these or any photographic processes.
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