This is the classic guide for analog photography enthusiasts interested in high-quality darkroom work. The fourth edition from darkroom master Steve Anchell is packed with techniques for silver-based processing. In addition to "recipes" for darkroom experiments, this book contains invaluable information on developers, push-processing, reversal processing, enlarged negatives, pyro formulas, printing, and toning prints. The Darkroom Cookbook also offers advice about where to get darkroom equipment, how to set up a darkroom, safe darkroom working spaces, and more. Key features of this revised edition include:

  • Over 200 step-by-step or do-it-yourself formulas
  • Tips for mastering the "ingredients" of analog photography processing, namely the chemicals used to develop, fix, stop and tone
  • Special technique contributions and stunning black and white imagery by professionals such as Bruce Barnbaum, Tim Rudman, John Sexton, and more.

chapter 1|16 pages

Planning a Darkroom

chapter 2|4 pages


chapter 3|14 pages


chapter 4|21 pages

Film Development

chapter 5|4 pages

Monobath Film Developing

chapter 6|14 pages

Pyrogallol and Pyrocatechin

chapter 7|6 pages

Print Developers

chapter 8|27 pages

Printing Methods and Techniques

chapter 9|6 pages

Stop Baths and Fixers

chapter 10|14 pages

Toning Prints

chapter 11|12 pages

Photographic Reduction and Intensification

chapter 12|4 pages

Development by Inspection

chapter 13|9 pages

Reversal Processing and Enlarged Negatives

chapter 14|18 pages

Printing Out Processes

chapter 15|12 pages

How to Make Digital Negatives