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What is said to be the world's first exhibition of platinum-palladium prints, an exceptional technology allowing the photographs to last for thousands of years, is taking place in Bangkok. Since the late 1980s, the German-born photographer, Hans Georg Berger, has been working in the process and his work has been displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, among others.
According to Berger, platinum-palladium prints are a special way of putting a black-and-white image onto paper. It's a very ancient technique; these prints can last for thousands of years unaltered - longer than any other printing material. "We used them not because we wanted to play with platinum, but we think that these photos are so important that they have to be produced in the most archival form possible. We think that these photos are part of the history of humanity and should be documented as such," he said.
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