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Publication on the History and Practice of Platinum and Palladium Printing:

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works has at last published the volume I mentioned in an earlier blog: Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation, edited by Constance McCabe, with 46 contributing authors. You can find some details and a detailed list of…

Added by Mike Ware on December 18, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

New Text on Platinum-Palladium nears publication

The following announcement by the PMG-AIC may be of interest to some; at the end is a link which contains a full Table of Contents and list of contributors, as well as ordering information:-

The Photographic Materials Group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works is proud to announce advance sales of

Platinum and…


Added by Mike Ware on March 28, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Herschel archive inventory online at HRC

The Herschel collection at the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin now has its complete inventory online. Many colleagues will know of the important material in this archive relating to J.F.W. Herschel's experiments with photographic processes such as argentotype, cyanotype, chrysotype, celaenotype and anthotype.…


Added by Mike Ware on March 2, 2012 at 5:30 — No Comments

Werge's 'Evolution of Photography'

Colleagues may be interested to know that John Werge's 'The Evolution of Photography' (1890) has just been issued as an eBook by the estimable Project Gutenberg, in a variety of formats:



Added by Mike Ware on February 14, 2012 at 10:48 — No Comments

Appeal for samples of original unexposed Platinotype or Palladiotype papers

Are there any collectors of photographica out there with original samples of William Willis's Platinotype Company papers, in an unexposed, unprocessed condition? These were marketed during 1879-1937 in sealed tins, like baked beans, but it doesn't matter if the tin has been opened. Please contact me privately if you have something to negotiate.
The background to this request is a major research project just initiated by a leading US Museum into the conservation of historic platinotypes and…

Added by Mike Ware on August 3, 2010 at 9:58 — No Comments

The Platinotype Company's 'Palladiotype' paper, ca. 1917

Introduced commercially by William Willis in 1917 as a substitute for printing in platinum, whose use was embargoed by wartime government, palladium has since grown in its application, and is now widely practised. Does any collection have a copy of the Platinotype Company's original instructions for the use of their commercial Palladiotype paper, or any other relevant information, please? I am researching the early history, use and problems of the process.

Added by Mike Ware on April 9, 2010 at 9:25 — 1 Comment

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