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Why Platinum Prints are Better than Silver Prints

Posted by on Aug 2, 2010 |

“Unlike the silver print process, platinum lies on the paper surface, while silver lies in a gelatin or albumen emulsion that coats the paper. As a result, since no gelatin emulsion is used, the final platinum image is absolutely matte with a deposit of platinum (and/or palladium, its sister element which is also used in most platinum photographs) absorbed slightly into the paper. In 1873, thirty-four years after Louis Daguerre in Paris and William Henry Fox Talbot in London presented the discovery of photography to the world, the platinum process of printing photographs was patented.”
John Stevenson of John Stevenson Gallery in New York City

Steiglitz torso, platinum print
Arthur Stieglitz
Platinum Print, 1907