Who does platinum printing?

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Can anyone suggest a platinum printer? The older threads list one individual in northern California, but his web site states that he does printing for others only occasionally. Does anyone do this on a full-time basis? Thanks.

-- John Costo (mahler@lvcm.com), November 04, 1999


Ctein. Someone seems to have erased my answer from the thread, but that's his name. Like Madonna, or Snoopy, or Buddha, I guess, except at least it's The Buddha. His book on Dye Transfer is on Amazon.com, and he has a byline on Photo Technique mag.

-- Bill Mitchell (bmitch@home.com), November 04, 1999.

Sorry. Ctein is answer for your Dye Transfer question. My computer mouse seems to move by itself, (you knoow how that is). Check ads in back of Photo Techniques mag for Platinum printing.

-- Bill Mitchell (bmitch@home.com), November 04, 1999.

Hi John

I can't help you myself, but you might try contacting Bostick and Sullivan ( http://www.bostick-sullivan.com ). If anyone knows, they will.


-- Robert Lyman (railroad@northweb.com), November 05, 1999.

Try William Laven in San Francisco.


-- Jay Packer (jaymp@earthlink.net), November 05, 1999.

I can help you too. take look to my web page and my links page. as someone else already writed bostick and sullivan is really goo beginning for someone who want to do platinum.

I only take large format photography an contact them mostly in platinum palladium (I also do other process) http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/nzec

-- nze christian (nzec@compuserve.com), November 06, 1999.


For most people starting out it seems that the most daunting aspect of platinum printing is coating the printing paper yourself. You can make a lot of expensive mistakes learning to coat the paper. Years ago you could buy commercial pre-coated platinum papers, just like you can buy silver papers today, making the process very easy. These platinum papers were discontinued ages ago, and now you have to coat your own printing stock.

As an alternative, you might want to contact The Palladio Co. (I don't have their address handy, but a search will be easy enough). Palladium printing involves the same steps, requires the same kind of negative density range, and yields pretty much the same results as platinum. Palladium prints have a warmer look that some people prefer over platinum.

The Palladio Co. sells pre-coated palladium printing papers, in a variety of sizes, that will make the process as easy as contact printing with silver papers, maybe easier. They also sell developing chemicals, kits, and other necessary equipment. Their catalogue, with full instructions and tips, is the best info you'll find on the subject. Free, too.

Hope this helps, and gets you started. Good luck, Sergio.

-- Sergio Ortega (s.ortega@worldnet.att.net), November 15, 1999.

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