Category Archives: Fine Art Printing

Myriads of Gods on Platinum Palladium Prints

Here is a wonderful video of a Japanese photographer that makes images of the environment he is afraid may disappear—and makes platinum palladium prints, a process from the early 1800s. The artistry and the craft that this man employs is just astounding. The paper he uses has the potential to last 1000 years…

If you can’t see the video above, click here.

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Collotype: A Story of Ink & Steel

This is a great little video on a beautiful antique photographic print process called the collotype. Originally created in 1856, sadly there are only two collotype printing companies in the world, both in Kyoto, Japan. Only one, Benrido can do color collotypes:

If you can’t see the video above, click here.

I find it very sad that in the not so distant future, the commercial usage of the process may disappear completely. I was alerted to this video by my good friend Derek who sent me the article A Look at Benrido, One of the Last Collotype Printers in the World at Petapixel, where you can find several other videos on the process.

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The Stunning Work Of Michael Massaia

I’ve discovered a photographer whose work I really love: Michael Massaia. He creates stunning black and white images of desolation and emptiness, but not in a way that leaves one depressed, but more in a way that leaves one fascinated. To top it off, Massaia uses large format film cameras and creates his look in the darkroom. He is an incredibly skilled printer.

Take a look at his portfolios here. Watch a video about him and his process here.

Photo By Michael Massaia


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Susan Kae Grant: Night Journey

I’ve been following Susan Kae Grant’s work for several years and am still in awe of it. For some reason, I just assumed that the tableaux that she creates were paper cut-outs meticulously staged and then photographed. Turns out I couldn’t be more wrong about her process—these are life size tableaux that are meticulously staged and photographed. Take a look at this video and her process:


Direct link to the Night Journey video here.

What is even more interesting is that she has spent many nights in a sleep center and had the staff wake her from REM sleep, then she records her dreams. This is what provides the material for her work. I have some issues with insomnia and undertook a sleep study many years ago. For me, being repeatedly woken up during REM sleep was an extremely agitating experience, making me all that more impressed at Kae Grant’s dedication to her art.

Photo Susan Kae Grant "She's Grasping Her Behavior"

She’s Grasping Her Behavior, #006

Please take some time and take a look at her gallery of images here. I just can’t emphasize enough how gorgeous I find these images: The swirling backgrounds, the pools of light, and the jet-black subjects—it is a form of photography that that has human depth—it combines the psyche with the beautiful. I find the term ethereal is often excessively used, so I decided to dig into the dictionary and to really understand the definition of the word. This is one definition I found:

Extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.

I’m not sure I could find a better description.

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The Platinotypist “A little African story”

Continuing the theme of Tuesday’s post about alternative printing processes is another short video, The Platinotypist, about the platinum palladium printing process. What appeals to me very much about working with alternative materials is the hands-on nature of the process. Unless you are printing digital negatives, the process doesn’t require a computer and only a minimal amount electrical equipment. I wouldn’t call it a minimalist process as you need a darkroom facility of sorts and other specialized equipment. I think what is different is the element of craft. That isn’t to say digital photographers have no craft, quite the opposite. But this is a visceral, tactile craft;  alt. processes require one to mix chemicals, work with cotton paper and gums and carbon and silver. And the output is unique. You can’t just print the file out again. Along with the craft comes a bit of chance, of risk. If things go badly (as they are wont to do) you have to start anew. But when you have that finished piece of art, it is one of a kind, there is no duplicate of it. That is more than a piece of art, it is a piece of a nearly forgotten history.


Vimeo link here.

The Platinotypist “A little African story.”

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