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The Process

Although difficult and costly to create, Platinum / Palladium prints are the sine qua non of photographic print making. Platinum / Palladium prints are loved by photographers and treasured by collectors and investors because of their tonal range, the surface quality and their permanence. The unique beauty of a Platinum / Palladium print involves a broad scale of tones from black to white. The delicate, rich platinum tones range from warm black, to reddish brown, to expanded mid-tone grays that are unobtainable in silver or Inkjet prints

The Platinum / Palladium process starts when Ferric Oxalate, a light sensitizer, is mixed with Platinum and Palladium metal salts, which are then brushed on to a sheet of water color paper. Once the prepared sheet has dried, a negative the same size as the finished print is laid on top of the sheet and then exposed to intense UV light reducing the metal salts to a ferric state. The print is then developed in Potassium Oxilate and goes through a series of several clearing and washing baths to ensure absolute archival stability. Platinum and Palladium, like gold, are considered Noble Metals and are extremely stable. A Platinum print can last for centuries. Portraits rendered in Platinum / Palladium will become priceless family heirlooms for many generations to come.

Pricing

Prints are generally available from my "Vermont" and "People and Places" portfolios. They are produced in limited editions of 24 prints plus 4 artist's proofs. After the edition is complete, the image is retired.

Please note: all of the images on this website are scans of actual prints, not digital files colorized to have a Platinum / Palladium "look". The result gives a certain softness to the images and no RGB display can accurately describe a real photographic print.

Please contact me directly at 802-489-5098 for edtion availability and costs.