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Robert Poole

Robert Poole Chrysotype Waterfall King Ravine

Water Fall King Ravine  – Chrysotype

The New Chrysotype process has tonal and surface qualities and permanence like Platinotype-Palladiotype, but the added feature of beautifully muted colours, controlled by the chemistry and physics of the process. The photographic artist should find here a whole new palette of non-literal colour to explore in printing archival ‘monochrome’ images. Herschel’s original gold-printing process of 1842, which he dubbed Chrysotype, encountered difficulties which prevented its adoption into the photographic repertoire. This ‘forgotten’ process was revived by Mike Ware in a novel version in 1987 by means of some sophisticated modern chemistry, which made it both economic and controllable.

About Robert Poole (UK) I make photographs and original prints. To me, the photograph is defined as a photographic image, whether it is on film, paper, or a digital file. It can be shared online and still be a photograph; the same can’t be said, however, for a print.  A print is a different entity entirely. I can lift it up or hang it on a wall, let it reflect or absorb light, direct or glancing, dull or bright. I can purchase one or gift one. They are tactile, tangible; the paper possesses colour and texture, like our skin: it lives.