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Platinotype

The images that result from this process are formed directly in the fibers of the paper, offering a matte appearance and subtle shades of grey that can range all the way to deep black. The tone of a platinum print can be adjusted by using a warm bath to develop them or adding mercury salt to the developing solution. These modifications produce brown or sepia tones.

Thanks to its aesthetic qualities and extreme stability, the platinotype process drew the attention of such major photographers as Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand, and Weston, and appears in the works of Manuel Alvarez-Bravo, Irving Penn, Mary Ellen Mark, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Isabelle Muñoz, among others.

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