PLATINOTYPE
Making Photographs in Platinum and Palladium with the Contemporary Printing-out Process

The book is a detailed reference and studio manual, carefully designed to be accessible to both novices and experts. 418 pages are extensively illustrated with instructions as well as reproductions of some of the finest examples of traditional “development” and contemporary printing-out platinum-palladium prints.
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This section of my site serves as a resource to accompany the book.
Please go to this page for errata and updates to the text

Instructions: a summarized, complete set of instructions on how to make printing-out platinum/palladium prints

Supplies: a running list of sources for equipment, materials and further references

Complete kits of sensitizer, processing chemicals, and paper are internationally distributed by Cone/Inkjet Mall

More links are accessible from the side menu, under “Platinotype”


What is a printing-out platinum-palladium print?

A printing-out image appears while the sensitized paper is being exposed to ultraviolet light, and is ultimately made of pure platinum and/or palladium. Below, an illustration of what the image looks like as a result of “printing-out”. It is a composite of the same sheet of sensitized paper, just after being exposed under a negative, and after being fully processed.
The upper row and upper right diagonal: The appearance of a correctly exposed print just prior to being inserted into disodium EDTA.
The lower row and lower left diagonal: the print after full processing and drying.


Photograph by one of the authors

Mike Ware, Bridge at Buchanty, Glenalmond, Perthshire, 1985.
Platinum-palladium print on Revere Platinum
from enlarged digital PiezoDN negative of 6 x 7 cm. Original.
20.2 x 28.8 cm. Fe3:Pt:Pd = 2:1:1, hydration for 90 min at 76% RH / 20°C. Courtesy Mike Ware