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Back to Basics: A Guide to Ecological Photo Chemistry
Andrés Pardo

Back to Basics: A Guide to Ecological Photo Chemistry, Andrés Pardo

Back to Basics: A Guide to Ecological Photo Chemistry,
Andrés PardoBack to Basics: A Guide to Ecological Photo Chemistry
Andrés Pardo
The Sustainable Darkroom and Curiosolab


64 pages
190 x 135 mm
ISBN 9781738461707


Back to Basics: A Guide to Ecological Photo Chemistry marks a pivotal moment in photography’s journey towards sustainability. Crafted with meticulous attention to environmental impact, it’s not just a guide – it’s a testament to our commitment to the planet.

As the reader delves into its pages, they embark on a fascinating historical timeline of Andrés Pardo’s research. Starting with Caffenol and moving on to plant-based developers, the book simplifies the solutions, focusing on the bare essentials. It brings the reader full circle, where they’ll discover how eco challenges and solutions must be reimagined as time passes.

The body of this book is lithography printed using Novavit BA9704 BIO inks, based on raw renewable materials. This innovative ink series not only delivers exceptional quality but also reduces our reliance on finite resources. Additionally, the choice of Fujifilm Processless CTP plates eliminates the need for harmful chemicals traditionally used in printing, further minimizing our ecological footprint. The covers are riso printed in London by Page Masters using rice-bran based ink and very low energy intensive machines. Printed on 90gsm Nautilus 100% Recycled uncoated Offset paper by Martins The Printers, a UK-based printer operating on green energy. Committed to sustainability, Martins recycles an impressive 99.9% of their waste. Final binding and production done by Folium publishing, based in London.

By keeping manufacturing within the UK, The Sustainable Darkroom and Curiosolab significantly reduced the carbon emissions associated with transportation, making each copy of Back to Basics a greener choice.

About the Author
Andrés Pardo is a specialist of experimental and eco-friendly film development.

About the Publishers
The Sustainable Darkroom started as a research group under London Alternative Photography Collective, since 2021 it has been operating as an independent organisation. The Sustainable Darkroom is an artist run research, training and mutual learning programme, to equip cultural practitioners with new skills and knowledge to develop an environmentally friendly photographic darkroom practice. Taking its form in publications, residencies, workshops, talks, symposiums and training sessions, it intends to lead a movement in challenging the environmental impact and sustainability of darkroom practices. It was founded by Hannah Fletcher and now run by Hannah Fletcher, Ed Carr and Alice Cazenave.