Apr 102017
 

Here are some more results from 2 workshops attended this time by photographers Thomas Main and Mark Hamilton. These are some of the sumptuous hand crafted prints they made.

Thomas Main with 2 of his platinum/palladium prints

Thomas Main with 2 of his platinum/palladium prints

Some of Thomas's landscapes in Platinum\Palladium

Some of Thomas’s landscapes in Platinum/Palladium

Mark Hamilton and one of his Platinum/Palladium prints

Mark Hamilton and one of his Platinum/Palladium prints

Brian Cox in Platinum by Mark Hamilton

Brian Cox in Platinum by Mark Hamilton

 

 

 

Sep 012016
 

It’s always a thrill when we are commissioned to make an edition of Platinum Prints of a very well known image. This time it was one of Chris Steele-Perkins “Teds” series. Commissioned by Magnum Photos for an exhibition at their London Gee Street Print Room. The exhibition of Chris’s work runs from September 21st to the end of October and is open from Wednesday to Friday or by appointment.

Teds by Chris Steele-Perkins

Teds by Chris Steele-Perkins

Feb 272015
 

I’m sorry but I have to admit to neglecting this blog. I get so involved with projects that I forget to post about them. So it’s time to catch up.

Here are a couple of Fine Art Platinum/Palladium printing projects we were involved with. “Moonshine K” was commissioned by The Baltic Gallery in Gateshead for Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price.

platinum print of moonlight k by richard freestone of 139 printroom for elizabeth price

This Platinum/Palladium print was commissioned by American artist George Holroyd who is based in Budapest.

Platinum print by richard freestone of 139 printroom for george holroyd

 

I have also been very busy perfecting my Salt Printing technique. It’s the oldest method of making a photographic print, Invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839 and quite tricky to get right. Here are a few examples. The colour and tonality can be varied by adjusting the chemicals of the coating. Also the toning, which is essential to protect the Silver from oxidisation has an effect on the colour. I use Gold or Platinum to tone my Salt Prints.

Essex Smacks in the old Aldous Smack Dock in Brightlingsea. A platinum toned salt print

Essex Smacks in the old Aldous Smack Dock in Brightlingsea. A platinum toned salt print

Boadicea CK213 and Mary CK252 dredging for oysters off West Mersea Essex. A platinum toned salt print.

Boadicea CK213 and Mary CK252 dredging for oysters off West Mersea Essex. A platinum toned salt print.

The Garden Gate. A platinum toned salt print. Richard Freestone of 139 printroom

The Garden Gate. A platinum toned salt print.

Poppy Duo. A gold toned salt print. Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom

Poppy Duo. A gold toned salt print.

 

Iris. A gold toned salt print.  Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom

Iris. A gold toned salt print.

 

 

 

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Jan 292014
 

Portraits make great subjects for Platinum Palladium Prints. With it’s subtle tonality and gentle warmth it is the perfect medium.

Hari by Jonathan Knowles. platinum print by richard freestone of 139 printroom

Hari by Jonathan Knowles

This stunning portrait was Jonathan’s entry in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at The National Portrait Gallery.

 

Pete Postlethwaite by Paul Elton. platinum print by richard freestone of 139 printroom

Pete Postlethwaite by Paul Elton

Paul Elton’s wonderfully evocative and intimate portrait of the late and much missed actor Pete Postlethwaite

 

 

 

 

Nov 232012
 

It’s nice to take time out to work on our own prints. This time it was to make some Platinum/Palladium prints for my friend and colleague Jack Lowe. Jack has recently developed a new blog “Mr Jack Lowe” where these prints can be viewed and bought. Both of these images were shot on Kodak T400CN 120 roll film.

Great Gable. A platinum print by Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom for Jack Lowe

Great Gable by Jack Lowe

ScafellPike. A platinum print by Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom for Jack Lowe

Scafell Pike by Jack Lowe

Nov 142012
 

We’ve been rather busy of late at 139 Printroom and I’ve neglected this blog somewhat. So It”s about time I put that right.

Magnum Photos commissioned us again to make another edition of Platinum/Palladium prints. This time of James Dean, as photographed by the late Dennis Stock. The photographer and the movie star’s careers were closely linked back in the 1950s. In fact most of the iconic pictures of James Dean were shot By Dennis and here is one of them.

movie star james dean platinum print by Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom

James Dean by Dennis Stock

We were also asked to make a series of four Platinum/Palladium prints for Ian Aitken. The subjects are four of the last seven remaining Northern White Rhinos left in the wild. Once printed they were beautifully framed and exhibited at the Royal Geographic Society. If you would like to know more have a look at Ian’s website.

4 Northern White Rhinos platinum prints by Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom for Ian Aitken

4 Northern White Rhinos in Platinum/Palladium

 

Rhinos at RGS

Rhino prints on show at The Royal Geographic Society

I’ve also taken the time to make some prints of my own images. The delicate, soft subtle tones of 19th Century Platinum Palladium prints have always captivated me. Jack and I once spent a very enjoyable few hours in the research room at the National Media Museum in Bradford, studying Platinum Palladium prints by such luminaries as Frederick Evans and Peter Henry Emerson. It’s that delicacy that I am now endeavoring to bring to my own prints. Here is a couple of examples. You will notice that these prints have straight edges rather than the brushed or coated edges of some Platinum/Palladium prints. This is achieved by masking the negative with Rubylith film. A red film that stops any light reaching the print during exposure. So the unexposed sensitizer is simply washed away during processing.

Poppy Duo platinum print by Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom

Poppy Duo

 

Acer Seeds platinum print by Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom

Acer Seeds

Jul 242012
 

We were delighted to be commissioned by Magnum Photos to print an edition of Thomas Hoepker’s iconic image of a young Muhammad Ali. The shot was made in 1966 and I asked Thomas what it was like working with the legendary boxer. Here is his reply.

“I got this shot when I worked on a reportage on Ali in Chicago in 1966. I watched him during training in the gym and during a short brake he saw me sitting there in a corner. He danced up to me, stopped briefly in front of my seat and threw three quick punches in my direction. Then Ali turned around and was gone. Only one shot is sharp, the other two underexposed. There was very little light.
Later I visited with Ali in different years and places, also shooting color. But this snap became the Signature image of my series. I have just published a book on Ali, called CHAMP”.
Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker (Magnum Photos) a platinum print by Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom

Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker (Magnum Photos)

Feb 122012
 

It’s always nice to work with a new client, especially when they have found 139printroom from another country. Martin Sundstrom is a photographer from Stockholm, Sweden and he asked us to make some platinum prints of partly decomposed leaves.

A few weeks ago I’d been studying some Irving Penn platinum prints in the V&A Museum and saw his print of a decomposed Camel cigarette packet on a white background.

Martin’s leaves reminded me of it.
Here is the first print we made for him. Originally shot on a 39 megapixel Hasselblad.

Leaf. by Martin Sundstrom

Leaf. by Martin Sundstrom

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Oct 282011
 

To make a Platinum Print (or any other alternative print for that matter) we need a monochrome negative the same size as the finished print.

These days, the majority of our clients use digital cameras to capture their images which are of course colour by default. As we need a black & white image to make the negative from, I thought I would mention the method I use for making the conversion.

I know there are many ways of doing this and I”m not saying my way is the definitive way, but it gives me results that I like and that print well in Platinum and Palladium. Although I describe it as “my way” it was in fact taught to me by my friend and colleague Jack Lowe.

It is a method of blending 2 hue/saturation layers in Photoshop. I’m not going to outline it in detail here because Jack has done just that on his Digital Basics website. So I would urge you to pay it a visit where there is also a lot more information on digital photography matters.

What I will show you though is the result of this method on an image I shot recently.

Sculpture in the garden at Chatsworth

Sculpture in the garden at Chatsworth

Aug 252011
 

As most of you will know, contact printing is the only way a Platinum print can be made. It isn”t possible to use an enlarger as in Silver Gelatin printing. This means that a negative the same size as the finished print is required. This is then held against the sensitized paper in a printing frame and exposed to ultra violet light before being processed. There are a number ways to obtain a negative large enough for your print. You could shoot on a large format camera and print from the negative produced. You could shoot on a smaller format and have an inter neg made at the size required. Or, particularly if you shoot digitally, it is now possible to have a high quality large format negative made from your digital file. All our digital negatives are made for us by Jack Lowe with whom we have worked for years now. So here is a digital negative, produced by Jack.

Digital negative

Digital negative

So why is it green? I’ll hand you over to Jack to answer that. “Well, this is the beauty of Hewlett Packard”s process; researchers and engineers on the project have found the green channel on the DJz3200 to act as the perfect UV cut for making Alternative Process Digital Negatives, hence their green appearance.” Here is the finished Platinum/Palladium print.

Platinum_GoswickKids.

Children at Goswick by Jack Lowe

And another Platinum/Palladium print from one of Jack”s digital negatives.

Chris

Chris by Jack Lowe