For a Limited Time Darkroom Underground Subscribers Get a Free Hahnemühle Platinum Rag Paper Kit

March 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I am excited to announce for a limited time that Darkroom Underground Magazine subscribers will receive a free Hahnemühle Platinum Rag Paper (8 x 10”- 4 sheet Intro Kit).  Please note, the shipping address must be a valid USA shipping address (not a Post Office Box) because most of the shipping is handled via UPS, and they can't deliver to a PO Box.  

After you subscribe to the publication, I send you an email welcoming you and asking if you would like to receive the free paper.  If so, I will coordinate the shipment to the address you provide me.  

I use Hahnemühle Platinum Rag Paper for my pure platinum fine art prints.  If you know much about making pure platinum prints (meaning no other salts such as palladium are used) to ease in the printmaking process, then you know it is a process that requires a blend of proper materials, knowledge of the associated chemistry, and total command over the printmaking variables.  You can have everything else right, but if your paper is problematic, the print is ruined. 

I have extensively tested Hahnemühle Platinum Rag Paper in my pure platinum printmaking process for several months now from samples provided to me via the manufacturer.  Through my workshops, I have also tested the paper with the platinum/palladium, and palladium processes, with the same favorable results. Full disclosure, I have not and I do not receive monetary compensation from Hahnemühle, other than free samples for testing. I use the paper in my fine art process because I believe in it. 

As you would expect for an alternative printing paper, Hahnemühle Platinum Rag Paper is uncoated and it has a beautiful natural bright white that helps create beautiful and natural looking highlights in my pure platinum prints.  The prints feel wonderful in your hand and have a paper weight of 300 gsm, which allows the paper to withstand the rigor of alternative printmaking.  The paper is made of 100% cotton and does not contain any alkaline.  Of all the papers that I have used over the years, I have found this paper to accept my hand-coating of the platinum sensitizer exceptionally well.  The true test is when you have large open spaces, such as skies, or other simple compositions that would reveal flaws in your coating process.  By using different negative mediums and altering my chemical process I am able to attain very subtle prints with the beautiful tonal separation associated with classic platinum prints and very deep blacks not typically thought possible.  


In the videos below, take note of the wide range of tonality and DMAX that I am able to achieve with the Hahnemühle Platinum Rag Paper.

My First Pure Platinum Print on Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag Paper

Van Buren Tree - Pure Platinum Printmaking Video

Artist Proofs, Review & Comments

-Tim Layton

The Darkroom Underground is your analog photography magazine produced on a quarterly basis serving photographers, artists, collectors, and readers around the world.  The Darkroom Underground publishes a balance of technical and creative articles in every issue along with featured photographers and their portfolios. We are pleased to offer editorial from internationally recognized photographers and writers and also publish articles and portfolios from our readers. 


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