Developed first in the 1860s and 1870s, the technique became very popular with fine art printers because of its very delicate highlights and mid-tones and was used extensively until prices rose dramatically during the First World War made the process too expensive. Platinum printing is held to be the aristocrat of the early photographic processes. It has been practiced by many of the famous fine-art photographers including Frederick Evans, Paul Strand, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn.
The image is composed of very finely divided platinum and palladium metals that are very stable and resistant to environmental degradation. As with the other alternative printing processes, art paper is coated with photo-sensitive chemical solutions and, when dry, the paper is exposed under a negative to the sun or sun lamp, the ultra-violet rays are the key here, before being developed in another chemical mix.
This workshop offers demonstrations and hands-on opportunity to explore this classic printing technique. No prior experience is necessary. The topics covered include: the preparation of film and inkjet negatives, the preparation of the sensitised paper, and the exposure, processing and treatment of the print.
By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:
• Make negatives suitable for platinum/ palladium printing
• Mix and coat platinum/palladium solutions on appropriate paper substrate, using brush and glass rod techniques
• Expose, develop, clear and dry at least three platinum/palladium prints
2 day workshop with Peter Moseley
November 24-25, 2018
10:30am - 5pm
£265 + £45 materials fee
Dr Peter Moseley is an experienced photographer and printmaker using the techniques and processes of the nineteenth century, including photogravure, platinum, salt and albumen, carbon transfer, kallitype and cyanotype printing. He specialises in combining digital and analogue technologies and has exhibition entries shown at national and regional galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Society of Printmakers Painters, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and the Royal West of England Academy. He is an experienced and qualified teacher and has taught photography/printmaking workshops at universities, colleges and print centres in the UK and in Russia and China. He has workshop and printmaking facilities in Chichester and regularly teaches in London at Lux Darkroom.
Untitled, Platinum/Palladium print
© Peter Moseley