The platinum/palladium photographic printing technique was invented in England in the late 19th-century and was soon widely acclaimed for producing photographs of exceptional quality and beauty. In a platinum/palladium photograph the image is composed of microscopic particles of pure platinum and/or palladium metal resting on fine cotton or linen paper. Many well-known early photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Frederick Evans, Paul Strand, and Laura Gilpin printed their finest images in platinum/palladium. Stieglitz referred to platinum prints as having “indescribable charm, suggesting atsmosphere.” Today platinum/palladium photographic papers are no longer commercially manufactured. Today’s photographer must purchase the light-sensitive chemicals and prepare each sheet of paper individually. The paper is then placed in contact with a negative and exposed to the sun or ultraviolet lamps. Finally the print is developed, cleared, washed, and dried. The process sounds complicated, but it is not very difficult to learn. This three-day introductory workshop, to be taught at The Darkroom in Santa Fe, will cover the traditional platinum/palladium printing process.
No previous experience in platinum/palladium printing, or even darkroom experience, is required. The intent is that each participant will leave the workshop with a number of very good to excellent hand-made platinum/palladium prints. For more information visit the instructor’s website www.waynelambert.net.
When: June 3rd-6th, 2012
Where: 901 W. San Mateo Road, Suite O, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Time: 8:30 am-5:00 pm & evening sessions