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Preview: The Art of the Platinum Print, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 90404

In Gallery on August 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

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Nelson Mandela in his Cell on Robben Island [Revisit], Jurgen Schadeberg, 1994

The platinum printing process has a long, deeply ingrained history within black and white photography. B&W stalwarts Peter Fetterman gallery will explore and celebrate this declining process through the works of several talented photographers.

Originating in the early 1870s, the platinum print, or platinotype, is one of the earliest processes in the history of the photographic medium. Platinum prints were widely produced through the early 20th Century before the expense of chemicals involved led to its rarity in the 1920s, and it remained a mostly dormant process through the later part of the Century. Today, following a resurgence in its appreciation, many photographic-artists have produced modern editions of both vintage and contemporary images in this time-honored method. The exhibition aims to educate collectors and visitors to the medium’s use throughout history with iconic images and masterful printing examples, as well as contemporary productions, that together highlight the breadth and diversity of the Gallery’s holdings.
Works on view range from early examples by artists such as P.H. Emerson, Edward Weston, George H. Seeley, Edward S. Curtis, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, as well as many portraits of historical figures and icons of music and fashion by Horst P. Horst, Melvin Sokolsky, Cecil Beaton, Mark Seliger and Rene Groebli. Contemporary examples of landscapes and botanicals by celebrated photographers George Tice, Jeffrey Conley, Brigitte Carnochan and Paul Caponigro showcase the medium’s unique ability to capture the difficult lighting often found in natural scenes.  Other singular examples from intimate portraits and conceptual works, to abstract and minimalist images, allow the viewer to witness the platinum print’s evolution of production and its wide-ranging contribution to the history of photography.
The exhibition opens  Saturday, September 9th, with a reception from 4-7pm. It will be on display for the majority of fall, concluding on December 2nd.
For More Information: Peter Fetterman Gallery

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