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Bob Bennett grew up in Maine and New Hampshire, graduated from St Paul's School in Concord, N.H., in 1969... and then spent 20+ years in the Washington, D.C. area, before moving to California in 1992. He's been an advertising art director ('76-'81), and was working as a freelance architectural photographer ('81-'91), when he opened the pandora's box of photomontage in the early '80's. Since then, his work has been seen in a number of national publications, both 'on assignment' and as 'stock', and in galleries and competitive exhibits on both coasts. He currently divides his time between shooting film, gathering pixels, & photomontage printing (still done exclusively in a simple 'traditional'/chemical darkroom), ...and various digital work - including digital photo-illustration & montage, web graphics development, and high-end digital printing - in Marin County, CA.

About this blog…

The site creator is an old guy who’s been doing hand coloring for over 30 years on his own black and white montage prints, and occasionally for hire on other images. 

Over the years, photo papers have come and gone, with Kodak gone and Ilford trimming it’s product line, a lot of very good papers are history.

(Now digital is here, and there are more digital printing papers out there than you can imagine.How well they can be handcolored? is another story altogether)

Many people have their own web pages RE their techniques, but there doesn’t seem to be a website out there that serves as a directory: of practitioners (photo artists), techniques, and materials. And what the hell – some history and a gallery to boot.

This site aims to tie it all up in one bundle.


To kick it off, here’s one of my old favorites, a walk on the California beach:


Ilford fiber/matte paper, made many years ago, no longer available. Marshall oil colors, no longer available in a configuration that works for me. They will sell you a set of colors that are… random! …and have nothing to do with classic colors = viridian, ultramarine, cerulean, ‘cadmium’ anything!

WTF is this about??

I bought a really simple set of oil colors – French ultramarine, Burnt umber, yellow ochre, viridian, cadmium deep red, cadmium yellow – it takes some work, but i can get to any color from these.