“The platinum process is really a beautiful process...
the ultimate tactile experience in making a photograph.
You have to learn the recipes for the chemicals,
the density, how to brush them on, and blend them into the paper.
The process is all about understanding the texture
and fibers of the paper.
It makes each platinum print one of a kind... precious.”
When a photograph becomes an object."
By Mark Seliger (Listen, 2010)
Modern platinum-palladium printing is an entirely handmade monochrome photographic process in which an image is formed by platinum and palladium metals instead of silver, used in conventional analog photography. Revered for its permanence and subtle beauty, the platinum-palladium photographs are characterized by a luminous, textured surface that vary from a velvety matt to a lustrous sheen.
Platinum-palladium emulsion has a unique response to light producing the most tridimensional and extended tonal range in black and white photography. A tactile experience, therefore, as well as visual, with a sense of depth that this technique can give to image.
The immense richness of nuances and effectiveness in bringing out all the details of the image in harmonious shades makes this technique the point of arrival for high-quality fine-art prints.
As opposed to the traditional system with silver salts, in which the metal is deposited in a layer of gelatin or albumen, platinum is layered directly on the surface of the paper. The exposition under UV light allows the noble metals to collapse inside the paper.
The print that emerges is “inside”, permanently imbedded of platinum and palladium. The printing papers must be made of natural fibers, ph-neutral and without any additives and chemical treatment.
Platinum and palladium printing offers different opportunities for control. The tint of the image (from neutral blacks to warm tones) and the contrast vary depending on temperature, air, humidity and the proportion between metal salts of the photosensitive emulsion. Thanks to the noble metals your photographs will remain unchanged as long as the paper exists, thus making the image virtually immortal.