Mordançage / by Coleman Camp

Those that follow me on instagram have seen my recent endeavors into silver gelatin printing and the unique possibilities when working with chemicals. One of these chemical processes I’ll be exploring in upcoming months is Mordançage (pronounced- more-dahn-sahhje). Originally called a variety of names derivative of bleach-etch, it was discovered in 1897 to reverse film negatives to positives. Jean-Pierre Sudre coined the term Mordançage and transformed the process into a new approach to silver printmaking.

An acid copper bleaching solution dissolves away part of the silver image, and when carefully done, leaves a thin veil. This filament that can be manipulated into unique forms that cannot be replicated in subsequent prints.

More to come on what I’ll be doing with this process, but keep an eye out for some very special works in the making!