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Photographic Materials

Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Conservation

Table of Contents: 

Foreword: Malcolm Daniel, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Preface and Acknowledgments: Constance McCabe, National Gallery of Art
Introduction: The Subtle Beauty of Platinum and Palladium Photographs, Andrea Nelson, National Gallery of Art
Plates: A Selection of Masterworks in Platinum and Palladium
Section I: Technical Foundation
The Technical History and Chemistry of Platinum and Palladium Printing, Mike Ware, Honorary Fellow in Chemistry, University of Manchester, UK
Technical Highlights: Willis’s Transatlantic Connection: Alfred Clements, Shannon Thomas Perich, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, and Mike Ware, Honorary Fellow in Chemistry, University of Manchester, UK
Step-by-step: How Platinum and Palladium Prints Are Made, Caroline Minchew, National Gallery of Art
Additives Used in the Platinum Process, Alice Carver-Kubik, Image Permanence Institute; Saori Kawasumi Lewis, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art; and Andrew Robb, Library of Congress
Platinum Paper Tins, Caroline Minchew, National Gallery of Art
Characterization, Degradation, and Analysis of Platinum and Palladium Prints, Matthew L. Clarke, National Gallery of Art and Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Technical Highlights: Platinum Prints on the Nano Scale, Matthew L. Clarke, National Gallery of Art and Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Keana Scott and Alline Myers, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Surface and Subsurface of a Historic Platinum Print, Patrick Ravines, State University of New York College at Buffalo; Natasha Erdman, JEOL USA Inc.; and Rob McElroy, Buffalo, New York
Reflective Sheen in Mercury-Processed Platinum Prints, Erin L. Murphy, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library; Christopher McGlinchey, Museum of Modern Art; and Adrienne Lundgren, Library of Congress
Satista Prints and Fading, Constance McCabe, National Gallery of Art; Christopher McGlinchey, Museum of Modern Art; and Christopher Maines, National Gallery of Art
The Art and Science of Papermaking for Platinum Photographs, Cyntia Karnes, Independent Paper Conservator, Toronto, Canada
Manufactured Platinum and Faux Platinum Papers 1880s-1920s, Sarah S. Wagner, National Gallery of Art
Technical Highlights: Platinum Printing on Textiles, Ronel Namde, National Gallery of Art
Platinum Toning of Silver Prints, Ronel Namde and Joan M. Walker, National Gallery of Art
Platinum Enlargements, Greta Colleen Glaser, Crescent City Conservation
The History and Use of Glycerine in Platinum Printing, Adrienne Lundgren, Library of Congress
Overview of Historical Practices for Postprocessing Toning and Intensifying Platinum Prints, Erin L. Murphy, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library
The Phenomenon of Platinum “Image Transfer” to Adjacent Papers , Jennifer K. Herrmann, Sara Shpargel, Lauren Varga, and Mark Ormsby, National Archives and Records Administration; and Karen Gaskell, University of Maryland
A Summary of Early Chemical and Physical Treatments of Platinum Prints, Erin L. Murphy, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library
Investigating Chelating Agents for the Treatment of Platinum Prints, Matthew L. Clarke, National Gallery of Art and Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, and Dana Hemmenway, Library of Congress
Caring for Platinum and Palladium Prints: Storage and Display, Jennifer Jae Gutierrez, Center for Creative Photography
Technical Highlights: Nonadhesive Mounting Methods for Photographic Prints, Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton and Jennifer Jae Gutierrez, Paul Messier, Ltd
Preservation Concerns for Edward Weston’s Platinum and Palladium Photographs, Margaret Wessling, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Microfade Testing, Christopher Maines, National Gallery of Art
Section II: Photographic Art and Practice
F. Holland Day’s Platinum Prints: A Collaboration between Conservator and Curator, Verna Posever Curtis and Adrienne Lundgren, Library of Congress
P.H. Emerson’s Platinum Prints and Photogravures, Philippa Wright, Independent Historian, Curator, UK, and John Taylor, Author, Editor, Curator, UK
Technical Highlights: Distinguishing Platinum Prints from Photogravures, Constance McCabe, National Gallery of Art
Art and Enlargement: The Platinum Prints of Thomas Eakins, Lee Ann Daffner, Museum of Modern Art
Maurice Vidal Portman and the Platinotype in India, John Falconer, British Library
The Platinum Print Technology of the Austrian Pictorialist Heinrich Kühn, Andreas Gruber, Wien Museum
A Great Day for Palladio: Alfred Stieglitz’s Palladium Prints, Sarah Greenough, National Gallery of Art
Alfred Stieglitz’s Palladium Prints: Treated by Steichen, Constance McCabe and Christopher Maines, National Gallery of Art; Mike Ware, Honorary Fellow in Chemistry, University of Manchester, UK; and Matthew L. Clarke, National Gallery of Art and Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
A Technical Study of Paul Strand's Platinum Prints, Alisha Chipman, Library of Congress, and Matthew L. Clarke, National Gallery of Art and Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Paul Outerbridge: Abstraction, Advertising, and Platinum Prints, Linde B. Lehtinen, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Section III:
The Platinum Revival and Contemporary Platinum and Palladium Prints, Irving Penn’s Platinum-Palladium Prints, Vasilios Zatse, The Irving Penn Foundation
The Platinum Renaissance: Oral Histories of Platinum-Palladium Printers and Artists, Tatiana Cole, The Better Image
Looking at a Platinum-Palladium Print, Pradip Malde, Sewanee: The University of the South
Glossary of Terms, Gregory J. Hill, Canadian Conservation Institute
Selected Bibliography
Contributors
Index