On Site: The Platinum Process, Philadelphia Museum of Art

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits on May 5, 2010 at 7:50 am

Wall Street

“Wall Street”  Paul Strand

Headlining work by Frederick H. Evans and Paul Strand, The “Platinum Process” exhibit has wonderful examples of this, beautiful, warm, long lasting and expensive image treatment.

Additional work is provided by Stieglitz, Outerbridge, F. Holand Day and other last century masters as well as contemporary artists Andrea Modica and Thomas Shillea.

Revered for its permanence as well as its tonal depth and beauty, the process has been treasured by photographers and collectors since its development in the nineteenth century, its popularity impeded only by platinum’s rarity and high cost. Unlike the more frequently used silver process, which involves suspending silver particles in gelatin in order to create a light-sensitive surface, platinum is deposited directly onto paper, allowing artists to create a matte image that boasts a wide tonal spectrum unique to this metal and this process.

There are too many great images here to pick one or two as must see … the entire exhibit assumes that appellation.

Now through May 23 : Philadelphia Museum of Art

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