Platinum/Palladium printing is a gorgeous alternative form of photographic printing where in which paper is coated with a Platinum solution and exposed to UV light in order to print out the negative. A contact print (where the negative is placed directly on top of the paper) is necessary as the UV light would burn through any negative placed closely in an attempt to enlarge it. Therefor large format negatives and cameras (4×5, 8×10 ot 11×14) must be used as you cannot enlarge the negative. Think Ansel Adams and his large cameras on tri-pods with the hood over his head. It is quite a process but the platinum printing makes for some of the most beautiful images with shades of gray you never knew existed. My good friend Pradip Malde can be credited with “rediscovering” and perfecting this technique in the modern times. Some of his amazing works can bee seen on his website, http://www.malde.sewanee.edu
Here are some of my favorite Platinum/Palladium Prints I have created over the years.
Iorn Gate, Chicago – 2003 8×10
Lake Michigan – 2002 4×5