PLATINUM PALLADIUM PRINTING : THE ART OF THE PROCESS

PLATINUM PALLADIUM PRINTING : THE ART OF THE PROCESS


I got into alternative printing processes a few years ago
when a friend of mine invited me to a gallery opening in Paris. And when I got there I was absolutely amazed. I had never seen such prints before. They were so beautiful. My friend who is a great photographer was also accompanied at the gallery by some masters, I mean Irving Penn, Helmut Newton was there. When I asked him what’s so special about these prints
because after being in the photography business for over 20 years you have an idea of how things are made. And these prints held something quite special
that I didn’t really know they were done. So he said “listen do some research on alternative
processes” and it led me to the platinum palladium process which is what these prints were. And so I, after quite a lot of research, I decided that I needed to do a workshop. So I went ahead and I took a private workshop up in the north of England and to me it just opened the
flood gates. It was absolute magic. I fell in love with the whole process. To me the platinum palladium process is the most beautiful print you will ever see. The subtle tones from whites to blacks are so gorgeous, it can never be replicated by any other printing process
really, in my opinion. Platinum is also one of the most noble metals, so your print will last basically forever as long as the
conditions are right for the paper and the paper doesn’t deteriorate, the actual image will
last almost forever. So it is always favored by collectors. And so to me it was just the pinnacle of printing. It is a process that’s been around for over 150 years. It hasn’t really changed much and so it was the best you can get. It still is. The difference between an ink jet print and a platinum palladium print is… the fact that the platinum palladium print is a handmade item and it is unique. The whole process dictates the fact that you could never really recreate the exact same print. So even though you have a series and obviously they are
very, very similar they are not exactly the same. An ink jet print, you can hit the print button 10 times and in theory those 10 prints will be exactly the same. So… But there’s nothing wrong with that. I would encourage you to print your images. We live now in a society that all your images live inside
your phone or inside your tablet or inside your computer and we don’t
print them anymore, which is nice the fact that you carry them all in your
pocket, but you don’t really appreciate the beauty of photography
unless you print it. You know? Photography really needs to be printed to be appreciated and… the platinum palladium print is probably one of the
best things you could ever have. After printing some of my own platinum palladium prints, I started printing for some of my photographer friends, and the response has been amazing. I recently sent a print to a friend of mine from New York and the moment she received the print she called me amazed at how much detail there was in her print. She mentioned the fact that because she works off of a
laptop, she had never ever seen that kind of detail. And this says quite a bit, because I think these prints need to be appreciated in
person. and.. I would love to be able to print for other
photographers so they can appreciate this as well. I believe that photography isolates the fundamental ability to capture the extraordinary. It is through arrangements of lights, angles, lenses, film and a split second decision to capture the moment that makes photography an extremely personal expression.

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