Platinotype / Palladotype - Level II (advanced)

Workshops are conducted by: Krzysztof Strzoda

Date: on request (standard group 3-5 persons, individual/solo possible)

Workshops duration: 16 hours (Saturday and Sunday)

Price: on request/ask by e-mail

Registration/questions: edutechpl [[at]] gmail [[dot]] com


The workshops is dedicated to participants of the "Technique of Platinotype / Palladotype - Level I" and all those who already create works using the classic method of Platinotype / Palladotype.

It is also recommended that you complete the "Platinotype Level I" and "Digital Negative Workshops" before starting your platinotype training.

The aim of the workshops is to broaden the skills of the already performed classical process and to learn about other modern variants of DOP and POP techniques, with particular emphasis on the Malde-Ware technique. The workshops covers theoretical and practical issues of preparing a print of a wide range of colors from digital photographs or scans of analog negatives. You will learn about the differences between the various variants of Platinotype and Palladiotype techniques (classic and MW) and the methods of influencing their tone and contrast. Each stage learned in the basic scope will be widely discussed and extended with additional knowledge and possibilities, the knowledge of which affects the skills, as well as will become the basis for later conscious, creative use in the created works. In addition, you will learn a variety of papers for creating works, methods of their initial preparation, techniques of finishing prints and archival issues, as well as methods useful in mixed techniques (e.g. Cyanotype over Platinotype).

During the workshops:
- you will learn how to prepare a print using the platinum / palladium technique,
- with the help of the teacher, you will prepare two digital negatives for work in the palladotype / platinum-type technique,
- you will prepare 3 different papers coated with the sensitizing solution on your own,
- you will make prints in the palladotype / platinum-type technique (up to 3 pcs).

We provide all participants of the workshops with:
- materials necessary to work in the workshops program (reagents, papers, foils, etc.),
- a professionally equipped workshops / darkroom,
- printing of two digital negatives,
- drinks (coffee, tea, juices, water min.) during the course.

Maximum group size - 5 people

Workshops plan (Advanced level):

Most of the advanced issues related to Platinotype / Palladotype also apply to other iron techniques, such as cyanotype, kallitype, argyrotypia, etc.

0. Discussion of the necessary tools, health and safety issues (reading the regulations, safety data sheets and process cards).

1. The process of Platinotype / Palladotype - a summary of workshops issues.

2. Technique and a place for experiments and art. Technology for photography or for art?

3. Necessary tools - comfort version (advanced lab).

4. Paper selection - features of modern papers, additives used and the influence on the behavior of iron processes, selection of papers for iron techniques, advanced techniques of preparing papers, main types of papers used (cold / hotpres, watercolor, velum, washi / japan), etc.

5. Variants of the DOP and POP Platinotype / Palladotype processes
a) process characteristics and differences - contrast, color and tonal range, influence of environmental factors, used reagents and formulas, laboratory issues, durability of reagents, requirements for negatives, etc.
b) methods of maintaining humidity
c) archival status of the prints made

6. Preparation of a digital negative.

7. Preparation of photosensitive paper in the Malde-Ware Pt / Pd technique - learning the technique appropriate for the substrate: cotton paper, textured paper, velum, e-sumi / Japanese papers. Mixed techniques (NC over Pt).

8. Exposing, developing and clearing prints. Control of the correctness of execution, factors influencing the sharpness of the contact print.

9. Basic final issues (drying, straightening, retouching, documentation / reproduction / scanning, archiving, problem solving).

10. Summary of the workshops.

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