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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And another Platinum/Palladium print from one of Jack”s digital negatives.
As Autumn approaches and the leaves start to fall, I thought I”d show you this platinum/palladium print we made recently for Paul Kenny.
It’s an image from Paul’s “Leaving” series. His website is well worth a look.
This is the new blog of the 139 Printroom.
It’s a little basic at the moment but will develop as it grows.We specialise in historical, photographic printing processes, mainly Platinum and Palladium. Not only will we be showing the prints we make for our clients and ourselves, but revisiting prints made by the pioneers of these processes such as Peter Henry Emmerson, Frederick H Evans and more recently, Irving Penn. Also I hope to show something of the process of print making. To start with I’d like to show you 2 prints we made for Andrew Shaylor. Thanks to Jack Lowe for the scans and close-ups of the prints.
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