New Text on Platinum & Palladium Printing

Discussion in 'Alternative Processes' started by Mike Ware, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. Mike Ware

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    Interested colleagues may like to know that this landmark volume will soon be going to press. The official announcement from the PMG-AIC is quoted below; at the end is a link where you can find a complete Table of Contents, a list of contributors, and 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 Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation.

    This volume presents the he results of a four-year inter-institutional, interdisciplinary research initiative, led by the National Gallery of Art and contains contributions by 47 leading photograph conservators, scientists, and historians.

    This book will help those who teach historic photographic processes and the history of photography gain a thorough appreciation of the technical and aesthetic characteristics of platinum and palladium prints. Among the many topics covered are:
    • A step-by-step guide to how platinum/palladium prints are made and resulting appearance based on different processing methods,
    • Discussions of analytical methods to characterize and identify these and related processes,
    • The history and use of artist-prepared and manufactured papers and their distinguishing characteristics during different time periods,
    • Discussions of storage, display, and non-adhesive mounting methods,
    • In-depth discussions of nine photographic artists including F. Holland Day, Thomas Eakins, P.H. Emerson, Paul Outerbridge, Irving Penn, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and key contemporary platinum/palladium photographers,
    • A beautiful plate section illustrating masterworks in platinum and palladium,
    • Several articles feature collaboration by curators, conservators, and scientists to elucidate the working methods of photographers.
    “Not only does this volume advance our understanding of the history and character of platinum and palladium prints; it also validates and promotes a method of investigation that brings together professionals from various disciplines, each examining the subject with a unique perspective and area of expertise, informing one another for a richer and more complex understanding of the art and science of photography.”

    —Foreword, Malcolm Daniel, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Place your discounted pre-publication order no later than

    JUNE 5, 2017

    before the price goes up upon publication in summer 2017.

    Learn more at

    www.conservation-us.org/platinum-palladium-book
     
  2. Bob Carnie

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    Thanks Mike I will definately buy this book.
     
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    Mike........

    Thanks for the notice. Just pre-purchased the book.
     
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    Wow, this is seriously interesting Mike! Thanks
     
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    I'm curious why with a zillion members here and alt photography being so popular no one is snapping up this book
    it will be the same OLD story in 2 years; Where can I get a copy and why isn't it available? Or other scenerio: why is it $300 on ebay?
    I have several Platinum reference books that are worth way more than when I bought them; WHY? because they are out of print!!
    have a great day!
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    Peter is correct. Maybe we should do a group buy of 50 or 100 books. Wait 3 years and make a killing!!
     
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    No but if you had bought tim rudman's book on toning you could buy a nice lens ..check it out for yourself
     
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    Placed my order, thanks.
     
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    The "Magnum Opus Platinum" is published at last! The maintenance of image quality meant some reprinting, I understand, hence the delay. But I don't think you'll be disappointed. There is no other specialist book to compare with it.
     
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    It still says backordered on the checkout
     
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    Mine arrived today. It's quite the tome, a tremendous collection of knowledge and beautifully printed.
     
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    Received mine a few days ago. A true publishing feat. Outstanding information and well worth the wait.
     
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    Just ordered mine and it says "in stock" now! :smile:

    ( from the National Gallery link Mike Ware provided )
     
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    I live in the UK. The cost of mailing the book to me is over U$A 200 (total cost over 300 US dollars). I am sure that the book could be sent by surface mail, and that would reduce the cost, but the only options on the site seem to be air mail. To pay four times the cost of the book seems a bit much.
     
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    get someone on this site to order the book and send it to you!
     
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    The Shipping page on the NGA website indicates that the shipping and handling charge should be $48.95. Something is strange - I would suggest contacting them directly to enquire.
     
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    Many thanks to all that answered. I have contacted the publishers, but they have not answered yet (sigh...).
     
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    Just in case someone else is interested, I received an answer from the publishers:
    "We have asked our fulfillment company to add the option to ship via USPS to their checkout options. We are not sure of the timeframe, but if it is quite long, then we will begin shipping international orders ourselves.
    We will get back to you within a week or so, once we get a sense of their plans."
     
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    This problem has been resolved by the publishers. Now one can ask the book to be sent to Europe for a price that only doubles the cost (well, yes, still not cheap, but it is a heavy book...)
     
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    I went in to the NGA bookshop and bought my copy directly. Saved on the shipping - it's a big heavy book. Hopefully I'll get a chance to crack it open this weekend and start reading.
     
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    Received my copy today. Have leafed thru it and impressed by the range of knowledge as well as the quality of the printing. Highly recommended.
     
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