The Palladium Process

As of late I have been experimenting with a process known as Palladium printing. In trying to figure out which would be the ideal method for printing my artistic work, I realised that durability and control were very important to me.

Unfortunately most modern methods produce prints that begin to degrade after a period of 70 to 300 years and since I wasn't interested in outsourcing the process to someone else anyway, I turned towards some older alternative processes and chose Palladium printing.

Improving upon the Platinotype, this process allows the creation of unalterable photographic prints that can last as long as the paper which they are printed on. Theoretically this means that a Palladium print can outlast any painting ever created if appropriate methods of conservation are used.

Being such an obsessive perfectionist I always shoot digitally and do extensive retouching before I print. The Palladium process is a contact printing method and thus makes for an excellent transition from my digital workflow.

Once retouched, an image is then turned into a digital negative and printed on transparent material. This newly obtained negative is then used in a contact printing frame in combination with a sheet of pure cotton rag paper, sensitised with a chemical recipe of my own design, before being exposed to ultraviolet light. The print is then developed, cleared and washed before ultimately obtaining the finished print after it has been hung and dried.