To Mask or not to Mask
September 6, 2012
When I first started printing with alternative processes some ten years ago I would always show the edges/brush strokes on my prints. However the problem with showing brush strokes is that you cannot completely tell if you have fully cleared a print. The vast majority of platinum/palladium prints we create today at DC Editions the negatives are masked with rublith film to create clean edges in the final print unless the artist stipulates differently. All of the Irving Penns platinum/palladium prints that I have come across always have clean edges when you lift up the mount, you can even see the pencil marks on the printing paper where he marked out the edge bounderies of where he wanted to coat.
Quite often the brush strokes detract from the actual image and it is rare to come across an image that benefits from showing them. However I am always prepared to experiment if the right image comes along. That was the case with one of Stephan Milev images which we have been working on recently entitled ‘Nika’, the scanned platinum/palladium print is shown below. We highlighted some of the platinum prints we created for him a few months ago on this blog.
Stefan is an outstanding German photographer based in Paris, a master of the polaroid aesthetic, he has recently been involved in the testing of the new 10x8inch instant film created by Impossible Project, the initial results are stunning. His work reminds me of Paolo Roversi in some respects and it has been a pleasure working with him. We will be highlighting more of his work that we have been working on later on in the year. To see more of his imagery visit www.stefanmilev.com and also his blog at www.stefanmilev.blogspot.com
To learn more about the Impossible 10×8 inch instant film testing he has been involved in you can visit the following websites :