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Gale-Spring Platinum-Palladium Pegasus

Pegasus – Platinotype: Platinum Palladium

Platinotype photographs are distinguished by a matte surface and subtle tonal gradations, the image is embedded in the fibre of the paper.  Because of the tonal range and surface quality of platinum prints, many fine art photographers of the late 19th and early 20th century preferred the process over gelatin silver prints. The platinum printing process was developed in the 1870s, and commercially made platinum papers were available until the rising costs of platinum during World War I made the process prohibitively expensive. Platinum prints were replaced by the similar, but less-expensive, palladium prints. Today platinum and palladium prints are widely considered the princes of the photographic medium, and the greatest expressions of fine art photography.  Printing in platinum and palladium is acknowledged as the summit of early print processes. Photographs are formed in a permanent ‘noble’ metal, graduated in tones of neutral grey or warm sepia offering luminosity in the high values. Platinum and palladium are used individually, or mixed in any proportion, controlling the image hue and contrast.

About Gale Spring: (Victoria Australia) Gale has an extensive background in many aspects of photography from biomedical and forensic photography to industrial/commercial and fine art. Originally from the United States, Gale has lived and worked in Melbourne since 1988. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design/advertising from the University of North Texas.         

Gale is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Applied Sciences at RMIT University, Melbourne. He retired in 2013 from his role as Deputy Dean, Teaching and Learning at RMIT. Prior to this appointment, he was the Program Leader, Applied Sciences multi-major program (2008-11) and Scientific Photography (1988-2008) at RMIT. 

Gale continues to consult with industry, organizes and conducts workshops in medical, scientific, and forensic photography. He also conducts various workshops at gold streets studios including photomacrography, infrared photography, large format view camera photography, lighting and metering techniques.