Platinum Palladium Printing

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Platinum Palladium Printing with Leica M Monochrom from Luís Oliveira Santos on Vimeo.

Footage, edition and film direction by LUÍS OLIVEIRA SANTOS

 

Manuel Gomes Teixeira, photographer and Platinum Palladium printer, usually uses traditional methods with photographic film in medium and large format cameras.  Invited by the exclusive distributor of Leica cameras in Portugal, he tested the Leica “M” Monochrom. Manuel found the high quality files show a rich tonal range and adapt very well to Platinum printing.

 

I have yet to actually test a Leica M Monochrom myself, but friends who have all report it is fantastic.  Something to put on my list of gear to have a look at one day.  I have printed my own Platinum Palladium negatives in workshops.  It is an interesting and quite different process than working with regular silver based papers and negatives.  Platinum Palladium is sensitive to UV, not the regular visual light spectrum.

It takes a real dedication to fine art printing to have a darkroom of your own.  Over the years, I’ve had several and experienced the pain and the pleasure of seeing my work printed in many ways. In all those years, I don’t believe I have ever seen a more magical B&W print than one done with Platinum/Palladium.  These two precious metals give the prints huge dynamic range, a tonal scale that is literally off the charts, dMax like you have never seen before in a print, and since you are printing with hand coated papers, you have a wide choice in tooth, weight, color, and tone.

 

More at www.ManuelGomesTeixeira.com

Chuck has had a multi-faceted career spanning diverse fields pioneering digital projects from software development to promotions & marketing services using his photography and multimedia production skills.Chuck has written and taught the latest digital photographic technology and techniques he uses daily in his profession for nearly 20 years. Splitting his time between California, "Old" Mexico, and home in rural New Mexico, Chuck researches stories and creates his hybrid "mirrorless madness" productions on a wide range of client subjects.

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