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Tirage platine

I discovered platinum/palladium prints of unparalleded beauty with deep, velvety blacks and rich grays. The preparation of the paper is done manually, the photosensitive emulsion is brushed over it so that the image will be different after each processing.

The Palm trees of Belo sur Mer in Madagascar, platinum print on Arches paper from a pinhole photo

Another victim

The platinum print developed in the 19th century enjoyed great popular success, the first ready-use papers were sold in 1879. The price of platinum soared because ot the Great War and its use as a catalyst for explosives. So, this processing declined in favour of silver.

The paper is intensely permeated by the platinum particles so the paper will retain the image for a long time.

 

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Papier Arches platine

 

Une victime de plus

Le tirage au platine mis au point au XIXème siècle connu un grand succès populaire, les premiers papiers prêt à l'emploi furent commercialisés en 1879. La première guerre mondiale et l'utilisation du platine comme catalyseur d'explosif  firent envoler le prix du platine. S'ensuivit un déclin de ce procédé au profit de l'argentique.

Les particules de platine s'imprègnent dans la profondeur du papier, l'image se conservera aussi longtemps que son support papier.