Gum Bichromate photography is a rare 19th century hand-made process, once replaced and almost forgotten during the evolution of photography. It allows to make photographic reproductions without the use of silver halides, usingsalts of bichromate together with a number of other related processes such as sun printing. It gives the photographer a freedom to print with any desired color and tonal values. You can say it almost combines classic photography with painting or drawing.
Katarzyna Niedzwiecka, a gradute from Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design (www.ksa.edu.pl), specialized in this old process. Her series “An animal called human” is a perfect example of combining digital photomontage with gum print. The resulting images blur the boundary between painting and photography. More of her work can be seen online in the United Creativity gallery.