The Platinum Printing Process was developed in England during the nineteenth century. A suitable 100% cotton rag paper is hand coated with a solution containing platinum and/or palladium salts and an iron oxalate sensitizer. After drying the coated paper in heated air, it is exposed with a photographic negative to intense ultraviolet light, which causes a reduction of the platinum or palladium salts to pure metal. The light required is approximately one million times that needed for traditional black and white or color photography. This intensity of light cannot be projected through an enlarger. The negative must be placed directly on to the paper as a contact print. Therefore, the size of the printed image is determined by the size or format of the negative. After clearing to remove the remaining salts, the final print consists of pure platinum (Pt) and palladium (Pd) metallic fragments laid on to and embedded within the paper. The process used today is virtually unchanged from that first patented in 1873.

For the images reproduced in The Grand Tour, The British Isles, Platinum & Palladium Printing 1st ed and Platinum & Palladium Printing 2nd ed, Dick used two original banquet cameras. These long rectangular format cameras were employed in the early twentieth for group photos. The larger of the cameras is a 12 x 20 inch Folmer Schwing dating to the early 1910’s or before. The other is a 7 x 17 inch Korona camera of the same vintage. The lenses are of modern design.

The Classic Prints: Ansel Adams once said that, when reviewing a lifetime of photography, one is lucky, he or she could count on 2-3 good prints per year. Lately, Dick has archived his platinum/palladium and palladium prints from 1973 to 2003, assessing those, which, on the basis of exhibits and sales, have met these qualifications. They are the “Classic Prints”. Please contact me for prices.

 

 

The Classic Prints Gallery

  • Chairs 2, Vichy, France - The Grand Tour Chairs 2, Vichy, France - The Grand Tour
  • Weeping Crabapple, Bernheim, Kentucky Weeping Crabapple, Bernheim, Kentucky
  • WV and Tenn Coal, West Virginia WV and Tenn Coal, West Virginia
  • Yellow Maples, Bernheim, Kentucky Yellow Maples, Bernheim, Kentucky
  • Yew-Trees Yew-Trees
  • Wells-Cathedral Wells-Cathedral
  • Water-Lillies-Kapaa Water-Lillies-Kapaa
  • Valle-Crucis Valle-Crucis
  • Wyant-Farm-II Wyant-Farm-II
  • Callanish I from North, Isle of Lewis, Scotland Callanish I from North, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
  • Chairs 2, Vichy, France Chairs 2, Vichy, France
  • Organ Pipe Cactus, Diablo Mountains, Arizona Organ Pipe Cactus, Diablo Mountains, Arizona
  • The "Blade", Canyon de Chelly, Arizona The "Blade", Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
  • Chairs 1, Vichy, France Chairs 1, Vichy, France
  • Fairy Glen, Wales Fairy Glen, Wales
  • Bryce Canyon, Utah Bryce Canyon, Utah
  • Figueroa da Foz, Portugal Figueroa da Foz, Portugal
  • Floor's-Castle Floor's-Castle
  • Stonehenge-1986 Stonehenge-1986
  • "Stonehenge", Wyoming "Stonehenge", Wyoming
  • Starland Drive-in 1, Bluefield, West Virginia Starland Drive-in 1, Bluefield, West Virginia
  • Starland Drive-in 2, Bluefield, West Virginia Starland Drive-in 2, Bluefield, West Virginia
  • Taro, Hanelei Taro, Hanelei
  • Superior, Arizona Superior, Arizona
  • The "Hand", Co. Clare, Ireland The "Hand", Co. Clare, Ireland
  • Topock-AZ Topock-AZ
  • San-Xavier-AZ San-Xavier-AZ
  • Gondolas, Venice Gondolas, Venice
  • Grand Canal, Venice Grand Canal, Venice
  • Gabbard Farm, Arkansas Gabbard Farm, Arkansas
  • Tennis Courts, Gregynog, Wales Tennis Courts, Gregynog, Wales
  • Hinton, WV Hinton, WV
  • Keswick, England Keswick, England
  • Garrison-RR-Bridge Garrison-RR-Bridge
  • Indian-Wells Indian-Wells
  • Roussanou-Greece Roussanou-Greece
  • Salmon River, Nova Scotia Salmon River, Nova Scotia
  • Rio del Ghetto, Venice Rio del Ghetto, Venice
  • Keystone, West Virginia Keystone, West Virginia
  • Iager, West Virginia Iager, West Virginia
  • Monk Coniston Forest, Cumbria, England Monk Coniston Forest, Cumbria, England
  • Prater, Vienna, Austria Prater, Vienna, Austria
  • River Garry, Scotland River Garry, Scotland
  • Rd.-to-Tarn-Howes Rd.-to-Tarn-Howes
  • Red-Oak-Creek Red-Oak-Creek
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