>As Evans was using standard commercially available
>ready coated paper from the Platinotype company his 'secret' lay in the
>negative. Incidentally the use of the Platinotype name to describe a
>modern non coated paper strikes me as being a little misleading.
Interesting mention of Evans. While I was in Bath for that wonderful symposium that T.K. put on I had the chance to stay with Paul Caffell a platinum printer. Paul and I joined Mike Ware and Pam Roberts the curator at the Royal Photographic Society. Paul had made some platinum and palladium prints from the original F. Evans negatives as a comparison project. The four of us got to examine Paul Caffell's modern Evans print from Evan's negative and compare it to Evan's original print. The image was the famous one of the stairs at the Wells Cathedral. The match was breathtaking. All I can say is it is a good thing that Paul has clearly marked the dupes and that they are in the hands of the Royal. I would not have believed how close the two prints were if I had not have seen it with my own eyes. I think that Pam and Mike were astounded as well.
We carry Cranes Platinotype paper. Designed at Cranes in the early 80's by Dick Arentz. So far as I can tell, in the 15 years we have been selling this paper now at the current price of $ 0.50 per sheet, no one has been mislead into thinking that it was pre-coated platinum paper. Several companies in the past had papers with the same name, Arches for one.
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