In this comprehensive guide, the author of the highly successful Polaroid Transfers takes Polaroid
techniques one step further with a complete visual guide to creating SX-70 manipulations, transfers,
and digital prints. With the growing interest in alternative photographic processes, especially
Polaroid techniques such as image and emulsion transfer, Polaroid Manipulations is one of the only
complete guides available to help readers master this area of photographic art.
This indispensable resource includes detailed, hands-on instructions; dozens of step-by-step procedures;
and scores of no-fail creative techniques that add depth and creativity to Polaroid image manipulation.
It also features the latest information on cutting-edge equipment and current methods, as well as
extensive sections on digital manipulations and printing. Finally, this companion volume to
Polaroid Transfers includes an incredible gallery of 20 leading artists who use this process
in their own photography.
Part 1: Creating Polaroid Image and Emulsion transfers
1. Getting ready
2. Making Polaroid image transfers
3. Making Polaroid Emulsion transfers
4. Creative techniques
5. Handcoloring transfers
Part 2: Further explorations
6. Advanced techniques: Equipment and procedures
7. Fine art and commercial applications
Part 3: Gallery
The book presents step-by-step instructions, details on supplies and equipment, and inspiration for creating image and emulsion transfers,
illustrated throughout with color photos of procedures and beautiful examples. Part I covers basics of equipment, supplies, and
techniques, and Part II contains information on advanced techniques and working in large formats with the Daylab II slide printer,
enlargers, and cameras. Part III profiles 20 international transfer artists and their work. A section on resources lists contacts for artists,
manufacturers, workshops, and books, magazine articles, and Polaroid Corporation publications.
1. Introduction to transfer and lift-off. 2.Film and receptors.
3. Basic Polaroid Image transfer. 4. Special image transfer techniques.
5. Dry transfers. 6. Transfers with Polacolor Pro 100 material.
7. Tip and tricks for image transfers. 8. Emulsion lift-off.
9. Tip and tricks for emulsion lift-off. 10. Printing techniques.
11. Care and keeping of final images. 12. What's new, what's next.
13. Finding markets for your work. 14. Afterword. Index.
Polaroid SX-70 instant color film allows photographers an
unexpected way to create one-of-a-kind portraits. Basic
techniques such as selecting settings, composing images, working
with subjects, lighting the portrait, and manipulating images for a
final product are covered. Detailed advice is given on the best
times to do manipulating, what tools can be used to achieve
desired effects, and specific DayLab II procedures for SX-70
Time Zero film. Also discussed are marketing issues, from
determining a cost-effective pricing strategy to exploring ways to
package and promote this service.
Great techniques, great images and great instructions ...
Bleaching and toning
Working with liquid emulasions
Image transfer and emulsion lifts
Making image transfers. Using a slide printer to make a print. Projection printing. Making the transfer.
Image transfers with Polacolor Pro 100. Troubleshooting. Making emulsion lifts. Troubleshooting.
Making transfers on different surfaces. The two-for-one bonus.
Setting aside old distinctions between photographer and non-photographer, New Dimensions in Photo Imaging invites
artists in all media to discover non-silver imaging techniques. Painters, printmakers, fiber artists, sculptors, illustrators
and photographers alike will find this a valuable, practical text outlining creative processes that require little or no knowledge
of photography and chemistry.
Preface / Introduction
Part I. Light-Insensitive Methods
1. Transfers and Lifts / 2. Hand Coloring / 3. Toning
Part II. Preparation for Light-Sensitive Methods
4. Creating the Photo-Printmaking Studio / 5. Making Negatives
Part III. Light-Sensitive Methods
6. Cyanotypes / 7. Van Dyke Brown Prints / 8. Gum Bichromate Prints /
9. Casein Pigment Prints / 10. Kwik Prints / 11. Platinum and Palladium Printing /
12. Enlargement Emulsions
Annotated Bibliography / Supply Sources / Glossary / Index
This is a beautiful book with wonderful pictures created by Polaroid SX-70 manipulation.
Many good hints on how to work with Time Zero film.
Review by Lori Cartmell, Toronto, Canada.
This book contains beautiful examples of how to use SX-70 manipulation to produce Impressionist-like images
(Murray has also authored the book "Monet's garden", and clearly favours painterly images). Many of the manipulated
Polaroids in Murray's book have been handpainted as well, creating images which are very much like oil paintings.
Murray provides a section at the back of the book describing tools and equipment which can be used for manipulations,
a resource list suggesting where to obtain cameras or art supplies, and contact information for Polaroid.
Also included are instructions on how to adapt a Polaroid 600 series camera to accept SX-70 film,
and how to project slides onto SX-70 film using an enlarger. This book's main strength is the wonderful inspiration it provides
through examples of Murray's exquisite images.
"The new simple technique that turns SX-70 Polaroid photos into beautiful
frameable paintings". This 1977 book is out of print but it can be found sometime
in used books. The best SX-70 manipulation pictures I've ever seen.
Review by Lori Cartmell, Toronto, Canada.
This book provides a wealth of information on the actual technique of manipulating SX-70 images. Sicilia describes how manipulating
the emulsion affects the fluidity and colour of the image, how the light and dark areas of the image respond differently to the process,
and how each film batch differs in fluidity and colour rendition. He gives detailed information on using different treatments depending
on what the subject matter is, and gives examples of what techniques to use on such subjects as buildings, seascapes, trees, flowers,
people, cars, faces, etc. Sicilia also provides suggestions on how to expand the highlights in the image to add emphasis and how to add
patterns to the background. This is by far the best book on the "how-to" of manipulating an SX-70 print.
Familiar Subjects: Polaroid SX70 Impressions
Another early (1978) book on SX-70 manipulations in a more graphical style very different from
"painterly photography" of Sicilia or Murray. Out of print.
Landscape and still life: 1. Platinum prints on mould-made paper Arches Aquarel. 2. Photogravure prints on
mould-made paper Somerset TP. 3. Silver-bromide prints. 4. Polaroid transfers on cartridge paper.
This collection of photographs (Polaroid transfers) taken over a seven-year period consists of landscapes, portraits, still lifes,
vignettes, and studies, all delicately capturing the intimate beauty of France.