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Introduction to Platinum/Palladium Printing

Introduction to Platinum/Palladium Printing with Scott Davis

June 26-27, 2010, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Art Reactor Studio

5614 Baltimore Avenue

Hyattsville, MD

This class is an intensive, two-day immersion. Students will walk away from the class with a solid foundation in pt/pd printing. Day one will cover:
  • History of the technique.
  • Historic/contemporary practitioners
  • Technical basics – chemistry, equipment, paper
  • Major controls – negatives, exposure, processing
  • Fine controls – contrast control, process variations in the classroom. 
The discussion will be supported by extensive hands-on learning opportunities. Students will learn to choose subject matter and expose and process film to produce negatives suited for platinum/palladium printing. We will produce negatives for use the following day in the printing session.

On day two, we will walk through the entire process: we will set up the work area, choose materials, prepare chemical solutions, coat paper, expose and process prints, and discuss basic troubleshooting.  Advanced topics to include variations on the standard  platinum/palladium process will be touched on. We will also discuss the future of this beautiful process, and how it can be combined with new media, with some examples provided. Students will have several finished prints each to take home. Information will be provided on inexpensive options for making a home UV exposure unit.

A substantial discount can be arranged for buying materials at Bostick & Sullivan for students following the class if they wish to continue working in the process.

Instructor bio:

Scott Davis is an internationally recognized platinum printer and published author on the subject of platinum/palladium printing. He has been practicing the craft of fine
art photography for over 14 years, with extensive experience in silver based and alternative photographic processes. He received formal training at Maryland Institute College of Art and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. His work has been exhibited nationally and locally, and published in magazines including Metropolitan Home and the online journal Creative Image Maker (www.creativeimagemaker.co.uk).

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