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Platinum Prints

Platinum prints are made by a monochrome printing process to provide the greatest tonal range of any printing method using chemical development. Invented by William Willis in 1876, the process was revered by a group of photographers referred to as Pictorialists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries because of its delicate characteristics akin to more traditional fine art methods such as drawing and etching.

The platinum print process starts with a 100 percent cotton rag paper which is hand coated with a platinum or palladium salt solution and iron oxalate sensitizer. After the paper dries in heated air, it is exposed to intense ultraviolet light with a photographic negative.

The process of platinum printing practically disappeared during World War I when platinum was used for the... Read more

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