Artist book by Marco Buonocore—Testnegativ began as an attempt to catalogue the disappearing history of the tools used to calibrate darkroom enlargers, and has transformed into a work about the visual language of an era. Printed on a risograph copier, the book is a tribute to the darkroom, good design, the analogue era, and the collecting impulse.
This collection of negatives from all over the world were originally used for adjusting and calibrating darkroom enlargers, to obtain “perfect” exposures. A selection of the images in TESTNEGATIV were recently exhibited at Gallery 44 in the exhibition To fall by eye, and an accompanying essay by Fraser McCallum is available on Gallery 44’s webpage.
by Marco Buonocore
essay by Betty Julian
32 pages, with glassine envelope
softcover, wire-o bound
b & w, risograph printed
Published by Anchorless Press
Available in our online store on Monday Dec. 21.