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Please click on this link 'PLATINUM PRINT' to view a short video from George Eastman House which explains the process.

Platinum prints have a long history dating back to the 19th century. Created using a contact printing process a broad scale of delicate tones are produced. The print has great depth and is the most durable of all photographic processes. Platinum prints are exceptionally beautiful which has led to them being held in high regard for over 100 years by photographers and collectors alike.

The process involves hand coating the printing paper with a platinum solution which is then allowed to dry. A negative the size of the final print is placed over the coated paper and the two are held together between plates of glass during exposure to ultraviolet light. The exposed paper is then developed - a truly remarkable sight as the print instantly appears. Clearing, washing and drying are the final stages to complete the process.