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Platinum Palladium Malde-Ware Process and the Negative - Pradip Malde -3 Days


Printing in platinum and palladium is acknowledged as the summit of alternative processes - images formed in totally permanent 'noble' metal, exquisitely graduated in tones of neutral grey or warm sepia, with a beguiling luminosity in the high values. This modernized version provides a 'print-out' image, having some advantages in economy, accessible chemistry, and exposure. Platinum and palladium may be used individually, or mixed in any proportion, allowing control of image hue and contrast.

Platinotype has attracted photographic artist-practitioners since William Willis's invention of 1873, and became the dominant process in 1900, but was commercially discontinued by 1937. The traditional method is substantially a development process, in contrast to the present version.


This workshop is designed to teach platinum-palladium printing with enlarged digital negatives, as both an introductory and advanced-level opportunity to become familiar with one of the most highly nuanced approaches to the process.
Platinum/palladium printing has always been valued for its permanence and its ability to resolve tonal values - ‘velvety’ is a term often used to describe fine platinum/palladium prints. The method taught in this workshop has recently been recognized by conservators as the most permanent variation of the process. The image appears as it is exposed (print-out) and renders remarkably smooth tones, with the legendary ‘creamy’ highlights and open shadows. All together, this demands the best possible negative. The Piezography PiezoDN Digital Negative system is among the most finely tuned and highly resolved methods for making enlarged negatives. There are a multitude of formulae for making prints from platinum and/or palladium, and the same is true for digital negative making. This workshop concentrates on a particular approach to each: the print-out platinum/palladium method, invented in the late 19th C and refined by Dr. Mike Ware and Pradip Malde during the 1980s, and the Piezography PiezoDN digital negative method.
The workshop is for photographer/printmakers who are experienced with the basic workflows of digital photography through to fine digital print, or with wet lab processes, or even a novice who wishes to deep dive into one of the most exquisite of photographic printing methods.
The workshop aims to give participants a thorough understanding and hands-on experience with making print-out platinum/palladium prints from enlarged digital negatives. We will learn how to modify images in the digital workspace; digitally print negatives optimized for the platinum/palladium (or any other wet photo) process; prepare sensitizer and processing solutions from raw chemicals; learn about, sensitize and print a variety of papers; and consider presentation methods. Additionally, since there is a profoundly important connection between expression and method, there will be portfolio reviews and discussions about how best to fine tune the processes towards a personal vision.
The workshop will include:
Demonstrations: Digital to Printer setups; negative printing; platinum-palladium printing
Discussions: History; Technical aspects of the process; Chemistry, safety and preparation; Folio reviews and aligning process to vision
Praxis: Workroom setups; printing; fine-tuning; problem solving

This is a hands on workshop where the participants will produce a number of photographs. Outline of the 3 days:


We begin by introducing participants and instructors, followed by a short tour of the facilities. After getting an overview of the workshop schedule, the group looks at examples of platinum/palladium prints, while discussing the expressive peculiarities of this process and its differences from other variations.
As the group considers the matter of image-as-print, the rest of the day cycles through a detailed demonstration of the entire PiezoDn to Malde-Ware platinum-palladium process, and interspersed with quick viewings of participant folios and digital files. By the end of the day we will have established a baseline of expectations, and have a good idea of the print-out process. All participants will have identified images that they want to print over the next three days.
Looking at Prints
We will look at examples of print-out pt/pd prints, talk about the expressive qualities of image as print, and begin to understand the differences between this process and other forms of black and white photographic prints.
The Image as Print
Look through the folios and files of participants, and begin to form links between their vision and the process.
The Print
Demonstrate an overview of the entire workflow from the ‘scene’, to captured image, to screen image, to negative, to print.
After seeing a detailed demonstration of making PiezoDN negatives for the Malde-Ware process, participants select images, begin on-screen adjustments and digitally output negatives onto film.
A detailed technical overview of the Malde-Ware process is presented, from which the group begins to make platinum-palladium prints. The rest of the day is spent cycling through the entire work-flow from PiezoDN to platinum-palladium printing. At the same time, instructors begin more detailed portfolio reviews in order guide each participant’s expressive intentions towards a point of confluence with this process. By the end of the day, all participants have made one or more platinum-palladium prints.
We start with a review of the entire process, including a question/answer session, and spend focused time on the matter of papers for platinum-palladium printing and hydration controls.
The remainder of the day is spent making negatives and prints, reviewing folios, and understanding the principles of the process. The day ends with a viewing of instructor folios.


Pradip Malde is a photographer and professor at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, where he is the co-director of the Haiti Institute. Much of his work considers the experience of loss and how it serves as a catalyst for regeneration. He is currently working in rural communities in Haiti, Tanzania and Tennessee, designing models for community development through photography.   More About Pradip


All Materials provided including lunch

Price: $2,700.00

Start Time: 9:30 am
End Time: 4:30 pm

Start Date: November 24, 2020
End Date: November 26, 2020

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