March 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Art of Platinum Printing

It seems appropriate for the first entry of this new blog to talk about how I became interested in the fine art of platinum printing.

The initial spark for me came some eight years when I viewed a collection of platinum prints in an original print photo-book.  The book entitled Sally Mann (2004) was created and published by 21st Editions, a small publisher and printing press based in Massachusetts, it contained 10 bound platinum prints that were simply breathtaking, both from an aesthetic and technical point of view. They depicted the artist’s graceful figure and drapery studies that were taken in 1978, preceding the Immediate Family (1992) series of images that the artist is perhaps best known for. Paired alongside the images were haiku-like poems printed in beautiful letterpress and written by Mann herself.  It was the first time I had viewed a platinum print, and I was astonished by…

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