This is not to say that one is any "better" than the other, but that they
Hear hear !
Iris prints are new and can be exciting and beautiful, as can be bubble
jet prints. As a process platinum is older and has the glamour of the
precious metal and the cachet of permanance. But it goes without saying
that if the image is nothing then the qualituies of the process count for
At Hands-On Pictures we are to run a series of workshops using computers to
produce fine photographs. The results on our dry run were stunning,
exciting and new. We were not seeking pseudo surrealism but fine prints
which were produced by those with a passionate interest in in the use of
computers to produce fine prints. The results are a worthy complement to
the fine platinum gravure or gum print .
The craft and the art required to produce fine photographs using a range of
alternative processes is what leads many of us to practise methods that do
not give instant results but long term satisfaction.
It is the art and the craft and the sensitivity that lead the to the
relative rarity of prints produced by these methods not the expense or the
rarity of the materials, for a platinum print costs less to make than a
Cibachrome and a kallitype less than a straight silver gelatine print.
I would like to add that I too found Arnold Gassan's book, 'A Handbook of
Contemporary Photograhy' a very useful aid to understanding many aspects
of photography. I have used it as a teaching aid ever since I first came
across it. When Peter Marshall insisted on having his copy back. I had
forgotten who had lent it to me, I made an appeal in an article for
another copy and I am glad to say that I was offered two. Is it true that
this fine book has been republished ?