Judy Seigel (email@example.com)
Sat, 29 May 1999 04:21:24 -0400 (EDT)
On Fri, 28 May 1999, Keith Schreiber wrote:
> This might also be a good time to point out that very few if any of the
> seccessionist/pictorialist types and others making Pt/Pd prints 100 years
> ago (Stieglitz, Strand, White, Brigman, Kasebier, Evans, Weston, etc.) were
> hand-coating their paper. It wasn't until after the commercially made papers
> were no longer available that hand-coating became a necessity for those who
> wished to continue working in Pt/Pd.
Excellent point... and while we're at it, how about the fact that those
guys didn't care a fig for how many hairs you could count on someone's
head. They printed platinum palladium in the same soft focus they printed
gum in... often, usually...
> Personally, not coating my own paper would take all the fun out of the
> process. And while I think Palladio makes a good product it is rather
> expensive. If I want to spend more on materials, I'd rather it be on exotic
My thought is it makes most sense for one who wants some prints without
having to lay in all the makings & get up to speed on the coating and
details of paper, combos, etc. Or did. I called to verify the new phone
number today, left a message, & on return my answering machine had a
message from Surah Steinberg that they're out of paper. If there were
details, the machine, obeying the command of ALL machines in this house
containing CHIPS, mangled and then swallowed them, but the impression left
was that there isn't / won't be more for a while at least.
> And Judy - one more little thing: regarding abbreviations for platinum and
> palladium, *Pt* is the correct chemical abreviation for platinum and *Pd*
> for palladium. This only matters because because I've seen some folks on the
> list use "pl" to mean platinum while others use it to mean palladium.
> Usually what is meant can be understood from the context, but this could be
> a source of confusion for novices.
Hmmmm.... well, I've seen folks say "Liquid Light" when they mean
Silverprint SE-1 emulsion, but I think the confusion is from terminology,
not abbreviation choice. There's a general tendency to call the prints
"platinum" even when they're all palladium.... but if someone thinks when
I write pl-pd that I'm writing palladium palladium, I think they need more
help than I can give them.... And now, Keith, you've really messed me up.
Am I supposed to remember which one I had wrong !! ???
OK, if I read you correctly -- should be written pt-pd? If you'd told me
that last month, I could have saved several mistakes in the upcoming
issue. (But I may just have room left to put in a note that it's your
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