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WHAT IS Alternative Processes?

Alternative Processes is a learning platform and community for historical, experimental and sustainable photographic processes, a place to discover techniques, connect with artists and get inspired.

WHERE are we?

Our organisation exists primarily online. This decision was driven by a passionate commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. We recognise that the intricate processes we cover, can often be confined to specific locations or circles. By grounding ourselves in the digital realm, we've aimed to bridge these gaps and ensure that no matter where someone resides—they have the ability to access resources, dedicated opportunities, and a like-minded community. 


Our overarching goal has always been to democratize these art forms, to ensure it remains accessible and resonant for everyone, irrespective of their backgrounds or resources. This vision is rooted in the belief that art should be a shared experience, open and available to all. 

How you can support us

Every piece of content you come across here, and on our associated social platforms - whether it's a cheat-sheet, a video, or an insightful article - is a labor of love, carefully crafted by me, Chiara, the proud founder of AP. But while I am the driving force, I’m not alone on this journey. A wonderful community of passionate contributors stands with me, sharing their knowledge and expertise. Our shared goal? To provide a pool of curated resources that remain freely accessible to all. 

The best way to support us is to enrol inside our Alternative Processes Academy, Here, I, Chiara, impart the wisdom from a decade of hands-on experimentation, unraveling 10+ unique processes, with a special emphasis on printing with light on surfaces and materials.

Every enrolment directly fuels our mission. The resources generated are diligently reinvested into producing more educational content, articles, research, interviews, and curated shows.

Moreover, it aids in the meticulous maintenance of our website and the crafting of regular newsletters brimming with knowledge and inspiration (
to which you can sign up here). So, by joining the academy, you don't just invest in your own learning, but you also play an integral part in sustaining and advancing a passionate community dedicated to the world of alternative processes.

How we support artists

At Alternative Processes, we deeply value the diverse tapestry of voices, visions, and talents that artists bring to our community. Here’s how you can join our creative fold:

Reach Out: If you're eager to collaborate or showcase your work, simply send an email to Include any relevant pieces or, better yet, a link to your full portfolio. Please let us know about the processes you employed.
If you specialise in one area of AP and you feel comfortable sharing your process, we'd love to interview you for our

Diversity is Our Strength: We proudly embrace and celebrate diversity. Whether you're an aspiring writer, an emerging curator, or an artist keen to share your vision, we're eager to hear from you. Our platform is open to individuals of all ages, sexes, races, ethnicities, and gender identities.

All Career Stages Welcome: Whether you're an emerging artist or have decades of experience under your belt, there's a place for you here. We believe that both fresh perspectives and seasoned expertise enrich our collective understanding and appreciation of alternative photographic processes. Together, let's build a community where every artist feels seen, heard, and celebrated.


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