Tim Layton Fine Art | Platinum Printmaking - Platinum Histograph Heirloom Fine Art Prints

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.  Handmade platinum & palladium prints are the most archival piece of art that you can purchase, they can last indefinitely because the noble metals never deteriorate.  No other art medium, including paintings, can compete with the archival qualities of platinum and palladium.  

You can view and purchase my Platinum HistographTM Heirloom Fine ArtTM gallery prints from my online gallery.

If you are a photographer and want to learn how to make Platinum & Palladium fine art prints, Tim has a valuable resource that walks you through every step in this handmade artisan process.   

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 commodity, I have chosen to stay the course and create traditional handcrafted platinum prints."

Middle Prong, Great Smoky Mountains National ParkMiddle Prong, Great Smoky Mountains National ParkTitle: Middle Prong, Great Smoky Mountains
Limited Edition: Yes, edition of 10
Print Info: Platinum/Palladium Hand Coated Fine Print
Paper Info: Hahnemühle Platinum Rag, 11" x 15"
Image Area: 8" x 10" printed on 11" x 14" media
Price: 1/10 $899 USD


I donate 20% of my art sale profits to non-profit organizations that have a proven track record of helping make our world a better place. After your purchase, I will email you asking you to select an organization for the donation.

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The matte finish is characteristic of a platinum print. The platinum sensitizer, a mixture of ferric oxalate and metal salts of platinum and palladium, are coated onto and absorbed into the paper. The fact that the emulsion is slightly in the paper as well as on the paper, gives the image a sense of tactility. It’s as though you can reach out and touch every aspect of the image. 

Due to the impervious properties of platinum and palladium metals and the absorption of the sensitizing layer into the paper, platinum prints always and inevitably have a matte finish.

The detail in the platinum print is exquisite. The matte finish and visible grain in the paper lends itself to crisp, well-defined edges, soft gradient mid-tones, and luminescent highlights. The highlights of a platinum print offer themselves to a depth of image some people describe to have a three-dimensionality. Platinum prints can range from cool to warm blacks to reddish or sandy browns based on the choices and skill of the photographer.

For my nature and landscape scenes, I use a large format view camera, black and white sheet film, and I hand coat my fine art paper with a platinum sensitizer that I mix myself.  For my wildlife platinum prints, I create a negative the same size as the print from a digital file that I created from my camera and the rest of the process is the same as my landscapes.  I don't outsource any part of my fine art platinum printmaking 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.  When you purchase a fine art platinum or platinum/palladium print from me, you know you are getting a handcrafted piece of artist original art.  

Watch this brief video of me making a Platinum print beginning with using my large format view camera in the field to hand coating the platinum emulsion and making the final print.  

WHY PLATINUM PRINTS ARE SO VALUABLE

Black Bear Cub - Platinum/Palladium Fine PrintBlack Bear Cub - Platinum/Palladium Fine PrintTitle: Black Bear Cub, Great Smoky Mountains
Limited Edition: Yes, edition of 10
Print Info: Platinum/Palladium Hand Coated Fine Print
Paper Info: Hahnemühle Platinum Rag, 11" x 15"
Image Area: 8" x 10" printed on 11" x 15" media
Price: 1/10 $899 USD


Note: displayed in frame, frame not included.

I donate 20% of my art sale profits to non-profit organizations that have a proven track record of helping make our world a better place. After your purchase, I will email you asking you to select an organization for the donation.

Contact Tim for purchase information or questions.
The tonal range of platinum is unmistaken once you have seen the difference in person.
  The gradation between tonal values is unparalleled by any other kind of fine art print, especially in the shadow values.  Platinum & Palladium prints don't look like contemporary computer-generated prints, and I think that is a good thing.  

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 and palladium metals lie on the paper surface, compared to the darkroom prints where silver is down in the gelatin layer. The absence of a binder layer in the paper allows very fine crystals of platinum and palladium to be embedded into the paper giving it a three-dimensional appearance that must be experienced in person to fully understand and appreciate.  This unique quality is not visible from digital images on a computer screen.  

Because platinum is suspended on matte paper, it is much more diffuse than glossy silver gelatin prints which are prone to specular reflections allow you to enjoy the fine print from any angle of view.  

Platinum, like gold, is a stable metal, with platinum being the most stable of all metals.  

You can view and purchase my Platinum HistographTM Heirloom Fine ArtTM gallery prints from my online gallery. 

ABOUT PLATINUM PRINTMAKING

Vintage LilyVintage LilyTitle: Vintage Lily
Limited Edition: Yes, edition of 10
Print Info: Platinum/Palladium Hand Coated Fine Print
Paper Info: Hahnemühle Platinum Rag, 11" x 14"
Image Area: 8" x 10" printed on 11" x 14" media
Price: 1/10 $999 USD


Note: displayed in frame, frame not included.

I donate 20% of my art sale profits to non-profit organizations that have a proven track record of helping make our world a better place. After your purchase, I will email you asking you to select an organization for the donation.

Contact Tim for purchase information or questions.
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.

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. 

Platinum HistographTM Heirloom Fine Art Prints

  • Black Bear Cub, Great Smoky Mountains Platinum & Palladium Print - Blog Article and Story, Behind the Scenes, Purchase 
  • Tiger Lily, Great Smoky Mountains Platinum & Palladium Print - Blog Article and Story, Behind the Scenes, Purchase 
  • Vintage Lily, Platinum & Palladium Print - Blog Article and Story, Behind the Scenes, Purchase 
  • Little River, Great Smoky Mountains Platinum & Palladium Print - Blog Article and Story, Behind the Scenes, Purchase
  • Winter Tulips Platinum & Palladium Print - Blog Article and Story, Behind the Scenes, Purchase

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