Here at the Albumen Works we recently had the opportunity to produce a set of platinum prints for Richard Cartwright, a professional on-set photographer working in the motion picture industry in Hollywood.
Using a Leica M monochrome digital camera to make several portraits of the actor Peter Mensah (300, Avatar, True Blood) Cartwright sought to marry the technological sophistication of the digital age with a handcrafted 19th century printing aesthetic that celebrated the object as well as the image. To this end he approached CAW to have his vision translated into platinum/palladium prints.
From digital files Emily Wagner Phoenix produced large format film negatives on the LVT image recorder; then hand coated the paper with the sensitizer that produces the subtle tones that platinum and palladium prints are prized for.
An effective and beautiful combination of 19th, 20th and 21st century photographic technologies; these archival, handmade prints lend a timelessness and depth to these portraits made with the precision optics and imaging technology of a state-of-the-art digital camera.