Platinum prints are the most sought-after type of fine art print. Only a very small percentage of photographers in the world have the knowledge and skill to create a body of work via the platinum printmaking process, making them rare and valuable.
Tim Layton, an artistic innovator invented the Platinum HistographTM, inviting you to use your senses to take a step back in time. This visceral experience of holding history in your hands delights history buffs, art collectors, photographers and art enthusiasts with craftsmanship, artistry, and history through a curated collection of fine platinum prints that opens up the joy of collecting fine art in the 21st century.
"In a busy world where photography has become a digital commodity, I have chosen to stay the course and create handmade platinum prints the same way they were made in the 1870’s with sheet film and large format view cameras."
I develop my own film and I hand coat my fine art paper with a platinum emulsion that I mix myself. I don't outsource any part of my fine art platinum printmaking process and I don't use any type of computer technology or software in my creative process. If you are a collector, this is important because you know that I am in complete control of the entire platinum printmaking process from beginning to end as opposed to some photographers that send out their printmaking to master printmakers like me and use Photoshop to make digital negatives versus using original large format film negatives. When you purchase a fine art platinum print from me, you know you are getting a handmade piece of artist original art.
WHY PLATINUM PRINTS ARE SO VALUABLE
The tonal range of platinum is unmistaken once you have seen the difference. The tonal range of platinum evokes an emotional response unlike any other type of print in my opinion. The gradation between tonal values is unparalleled by any other kind of fine art print.
Platinum prints are collectible pieces of art that can be passed down many generations because of the archival qualities, classic ethereal beauty, and proven track record as a solid investment.
Unlike the traditional darkroom silver printing method, platinum lies on the paper surface, while silver lies in the gelatin layer. The absence of a binder layer allows very fine crystals of platinum to be embedded into the paper giving it a 3-dimensional appearance.
Because platinum is suspended on matte paper, it is much more diffuse than glossy silver gelatin prints which are prone to specular reflections.
Platinum, like gold, is a stable metal, with platinum being the most stable of all metals.
ABOUT PLATINUM PRINTMAKING
Platinum printing is one of the oldest photographic processes, dating back to the 1870’s. Platinum prints are noted for their subtlety in rendering the tonalities of the middle grays especially. Many people have described their viewing experience as very rich and three-dimensional.
Platinum is the most archival of all photographs, and it is impervious to light fading and acid damage. A platinum print is capable of lasting thousands of years without change. In fact, the platinum never changes, only the paper that it is suspended on can change. No other type of print, analog or digital, has the emotional impact and elegance of a platinum print in my opinion.
I certify and disclose the exact platinum materials for every limited edition print that I sell. A test with an XRF X-Ray fluoroscopy scope can validate that my prints are accurately disclosed.
"Of all the modern printing processes at the command of the photographer, whether amateur or professional, none deserves to be more popular than the platinum." -Alfred Stieglitz
Some of the most notable photographers in history used the platinum process: Imogen Cunningham, F. Holland Day, Frederick H. Evans, Irving Penn, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston. I have personally viewed platinum prints from Irving Penn, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, and Paul Strand. Emotion overtook me when I experienced the beauty and elegance of their platinum prints. This experience continues to motivate me today.
You can refer to this page for a collection of articles that I have written about platinum printmaking.
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