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"Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation"


The Irving Penn Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation.

Dedicated to the memory of Irving Penn, this volume is the result of a four-year inter-institutional, interdisciplinary research initiative led and organized by the National Gallery of Art. With contributions by 47 leading photograph conservators, scientists, and historians, edited by Constance McCabe, Head of Photograph Conservation Department at the National Gallery of Art, the book offers detailed examinations of the chemical, material, and aesthetic qualities of this rare, beautiful, and technically complex category of photographs.

A chapter by Vasilios Zatse and Constance McCabe offers the most rigorous study of Penn’s platinum-palladium printing practice to date, with in-depth technical analysis of every stage of Penn’s process accompanied by figure illustrations and diagrams.

Published by the Photographic Materials Group, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. 504 pages.

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