I am currently working on a series of platinum prints from glass negatives that will be published by our imprint Platinum Print Editions next year. When scanned at high resolutions glass plates hold a tremendous amount of fine detail so I have been researching ways of translating this into our platinum prints. Because platinum prints are created on watercolour/printmaking paper you are limited in terms of the amount of detail that can be recorded, however I will be testing LVT negatives using very fine Japanese papers to see how much detail and resolution is possible.

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LVT Calibration negative on Ilford FP4+

LVT is an ultra-high resolution, continuous tone film recorder that was originally designed by Kodak which was then sold to Durst. The current models (ie Rhino+) use laser diodes to expose the film and exposes a digital file pixel for pixel directly onto E-6, C-41 and B&W film. The Durst LVT uses fixed optical resolutions when exposing the film which is referred to as RES80 as it exposes film at 80 pixels per millimetre. The ultra-high resolutions are enhanced by the continuous tone nature of film. Continuous tone film recorders are said to offer extremely smooth gradations and subtle transitions that are not possible on other devices. We will be testing negatives made on Kodak Tmax 100 and Ilford FP4+. File sizes range from around 1GB at a resolution of 19000×15000 for 10×8 LVT output.

Creating LVT negatives is more expensive than existing methods of digital negative creation however for the current project we are working on it is worth it. We will be offering all our clients the option of creating platinum prints via LVT at cost once we are fully calibrated, sizes offered range from 5×4 inches up to 20×16. For further information contact info@dceditions.com

Horst at the V&A

March 17, 2014

Mainbocher Corset (pink satin corset by Detolle), Paris, 1939. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Whilst visiting the V&A last week I learnt about an upcoming exhibition on Horst this September which I am looking forward to seeing. I have often seen his prints at Paris Photo and they are always printed beautifully. His most iconic images were printed in platinum/palladium and he even some on linen, something that I have never tried but would be interesting to see what affect it had. Mapplethorpe also printed some images on linen when he was alive, although I have yet to view them in person.

Lisa Hat and Gloves,Horst, Platinum/Palladium,1951

To see some more of his work the Vogue archive curated a selection of Horst’s platinum prints on Artsy which you can view here

Further information

-Horst: Photographer of Style

This autumn the V&A will present the definitive retrospective of the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-99), one of the 20th century’s master photographers. In a career that spanned six decades, Horst photographed the exquisite creations of couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in 1930s Paris, and helped to launch the careers of many models. In New York a decade later, he experimented with early colour techniques and his meticulously composed, artfully lit images leapt from the magazine page.

The exhibition will display Horst’s best known photographs alongside unpublished and rarely exhibited vintage prints, conveying the diversity of his output, from surreal still lifes to portraits of Hollywood stars, nudes and nature studies to documentary pictures of the Middle East. It will examine his creative process through archive film footage, original contact sheets, sketchbooks and letters and will include a recreation of Horst’s 1940s studio.

Collecting Horst

For the first time the National Portrait Gallery is making available some of its most treasured and iconic images from its collection as limited edition platinum prints. Created from the original negatives and glass plates, all the fine details and subtleties have been faithfully reproduced.

Our studio, under its imprint ‘Platinum Print Editions’ has co-published the first in a series of platinum prints to be made available in close collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. Established in 1856 as the world ‘s first portriat gallery, it has in its archives more than 220,000 original photographic images with around 130,000 being original negatives and glass plates.

Launching the series and coinciding with the exhibition ‘The Great War in Portraits’ are two portraits of Rupert Brooke, the famous war poet of the First World War. Photographed by Sherril Schell in 1913 they are the most iconic images of Brooke who tragically died two years after they were taken.

The platinum prints are available as individual prints in an edition of 20 and as a Collectors set in an edition of 10. The Collectors set includes both portraits presented in a hand made portfolio with the complete six verse poem ‘1914’ written by Rupert Brooke enclosed. Each print is numbered and authenticated with the National Portrait Gallery & Platinum Print Editions stamp on the verso. No further editions will be printed.

Below ilustrates the layout of the Collectors set.

 

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To purchase the Collectors set and individual prints click here or for further information please email info@platinumprinteditions.com

Information regarding the next series of platinum prints to be published with the National Portrait Gallery will feature in upcoming posts.

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