The Platinum paradox

Luca ParadisiIn 2009, after having been contact-printing in platinum-palladium for many years, I switched to ink-jet printing.

This decision caused a bit of stir among my four collectors. I am not offering here a full explanation, since the motives were many. Briefly, not the cost, as many may think (which is actually dearer for giclee printing!) but hard to find materials, environmental and health concerns, and mostly, the lack of true control on how the final fine print would look (even from digital negatives). I have now found peace of mind with digital printing. This is not like printing posters, as some may think. In fact, it takes more time printing digitally compared to platinum printmaking. And, just like before, all prints are carefully tweaked until the image convinces me and gives me back the vision  that I had in my mind when shooting. Plus, just like before, every time I make a new print from the same negative (oops, file), I take time to subtly improve the final result. Consequently, since I still DO love platinum prints, my (digital) prints happen to look extremely similar to platinum prints (also probably because of the amazingly good paper used). Maybe a bit less of “tactile feedback”, but, having more (total) control, MUCH better images overall (in other words, they look better on a wall).

From this (family safe) website you can view and purchase my entire body of work in black and white, with the exception of female nude portraiture, logo which is reachable from this link. There is also a website for computer graphics images (a side project worth checking out).

As always my prices are still very popular so almost anyone can afford a print. Head to eBay if you would like to grab the last platinum prints from my own collection, including miniatures (ACEO). Finally, speaking of platinum, those  who are looking for my best seller platinum printmaking publication can follow this link.

Venice platinum photograph Venice, Rio, 1998. Fine Art Giclee Print