©The Imogen Cunningham Trust
The platinum print process invented in 1873 is one of the photographic printing processes. As its name shows platinum is used in the process, while silver is applied for the sensitized paper of ordinary monochrome prints. Many masterpieces in portraiture and pictorial photography were produced with the process in 1870’s to 1920’s. The process capable of printing only contact prints gradually disappeared as small-size cameras and the sensitized paper came to wider use. The platinum print process revived rapidly in 1970’s with the arising popularity of hand-coat process. Many photographers have been attracted with its rich tonality, and challenged the process in their production.
The collection of unique platinum prints with rich luminosity in wider tonal rage is the handicraft of some ten photographers presently active. Their creative applications of the classic process bring out the beauty of photography with noble luster on the print. Audience will enjoy a delicate variation of the tonality rendered by various degree of allowance that a photographer gives to the selection of paper and the printing process.
Some 40 of these prints will be exhibited.
Jan Groover, Naohisa Hara, Kenji Hosoe, Kenro Izu, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Paolo Roversi, George Tice, and others.
Special exhibit / Imogen Cunningham