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




Jul 132015

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.

Keith Greenhough with one of his Platinum/Palladium prints

Keith Greenough with one of his Platinum/Palladium prints

4 Platinum/Palldium prints made by Keith Greenhough

4 Platinum/Palldium prints made by Keith Greenough


Two Platinum/Palladium prints made by Roberto Aguilar during his session at 139 Printroom.

Bea by Roberto Aguilar

Bea by Roberto Aguilar

Jessica by Roberto Aguilar

Jessica by Roberto Aguilar




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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 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

May 172012

So, you’ve commissioned your platinum/palladium prints and now need a stylish and safe way of storing them. Or even a way offering them for sale as a collection. We have definitely noticed a trend towards the boxed set. Also, the way you present your work for sale is so important. That’s why we have decided to produce custom designed, hand made print boxes for just those reasons.

Hand Made Print Box for platinum/palladium prints

Hand made print box in off white Windsor rayon

Inset platinum/palladium print

A platinum / palladium print inset in the print box cover

Print box interior

Print box interior lined with coffee coloured Chamel

Print box and prints

Print box with 20×17 inch platinum/palladium prints

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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.


Children at Goswick by Jack Lowe

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


Chris by Jack Lowe