Mr. Richard Garrod of Monterey, California, is one of the Monterey area's most prolific and dedicated photographers. His beautiful black and white images are an essential part of Monterey's historic photographic legacy, and his life is intertwined with many of the area's most notable artists. Mr. Garrod has been a cohort and traveling companion to Brett Weston, a close friend to Wynn and Edna Bullock, and a dedicated student of Minor White and Ansel Adams. He has inspired thousands of students who have committed themselves to the photographic process, teaching not only the techniques of photography, but methods for accessing their creativity as well.
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Mr. Garrod, First I must say your prints are stunning. I went well out of the way to see some at the David Ashcraft gallery. I would like to try dye dodging my tmax 100 4x5 negative. I have found info recommending Veronica Cass dyes, but it looks like she went out of business. Can you recommend a source or an alternative? Also, It looks like Agfa is going out of biz. What paper do you use? Thanks, Carl
Carl -- forgot your question about papers. I have long been a fan of Ilford Multigrade and find that many of my students and friends use it also, so would highly recommend giving it a try. Arista I (one) was the equivalent of it, but is no longer available. You might want to try the new Arista II, also made by a manufacture in England. It is very good and reasonable in price. A friend of mine swears by the relatively new Arista.edu, a reasonably priced paper for school users, but made by a major manufacture in Europe I believe and reported to be the equivalent in quality of the better known papers. I'm going to try it myself - it tones well, has a good contrast range, and fine print color...
Mr. Garrod, I have been looking for an alternative to Kodak Polymax. I have tried Dektol and Ilford PQ both with poor results. I saw on another post that you use Ilford paper and sice I admire your work very much, I would be grateful for your developer recomendation for Ilford MGIV FB. Thank you very much. Jon
You raise a good question and the final answer is of course best resolved thru careful testing. However, I do use Ilford Multigrade IV and have used Ethol LPD print developer with it. It comes as a powder and also as a liquid, although I don't see the liquid in stores. A friend got some liquid from the manufacturer and liked it very much. Freestyle sells the powder developer very reasonably and thats where I buy it. I mix it 2:1 or 3:1 and develop for 2.5-3.5 minutes at 70 F. It seems to be slightly on the warm side with that paper and that is the color that I like - especially with a slight Selenium toning. However, that paper does not take a tone as strongly as some other papers - it does give a deeper black and also extends the tonal range slightly. I would urge you to give the combination a try and compare it with the other tests you have made. Let me know if there are any other questions you may have... Richard Garrod
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