We have now moved into our new darkroom at the Haarlem Artspace in Wirksworth, Derbyshire. It’s in a wonderful 18thC cotton mill on the edge of the Peak District National Park. To celebrate our move, we are offering a 15% discount off our new range of Printing Workshops until the end of the year. Even if you are unable to attend your workshop until the new year, as long as you have booked before December 31st 2018 you will qualify for the discount. Remember these workshops are taught on a 1 to 1 basis with master printer Richard Freestone and can be arranged on weekdays or weekends to suit you.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Victorian Giants: The Birth Of Art Photography” the National Portrait Gallery in conjunction with 139 Printroom have released 4 limited editions of 15 Albumen Prints of the works of Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander, Lewis Carroll and Clementina Hawarden. Each one of these prints was hand crafted using exactly the same materials and technique as the 19th Century originals.
These Albumen Prints can be purchased individually in their own portfolio folder or as a collection of 4. Please go to the National Portrait Gallery’s limited-editions page.
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.
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.
As most of you will know I offer one to one tuition for people who want to learn the 19th Century craft of Platinum Printing. These sessions are for 2 days and can be arranged to suit your diary. Just get in touch if you are interested and we can arrange a mutually convenient date.
Here are some of the excellent results from recent workshops.
Two Platinum/Palladium prints made by Roberto Aguilar during his session at 139 Printroom.
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.
This Platinum/Palladium print was commissioned by American artist George Holroyd who is based in Budapest.
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.
Portraits make great subjects for Platinum Palladium Prints. With it’s subtle tonality and gentle warmth it is the perfect medium.
This stunning portrait was Jonathan’s entry in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at The National Portrait Gallery.
Paul Elton’s wonderfully evocative and intimate portrait of the late and much missed actor Pete Postlethwaite
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.