Presented photographs are also the result of the long-lasting experiments with one of the most precious photographic techniques – platinum palladium.
Before the outbreak of the Great War, the platinotype was one of the most popular methods for the production of photographic prints. Almost forgotten up until the second half of the twentieth century, today the platinotype is back in fashion among photographers who appreciate its unique beauty. Prints made with this technology possess an unusual vividness. In combination with warm and natural toning, the technique accounts for a unique climate of the prints.
A properly developed print should contain almost exclusively the two elements permanently bound to the structure of the paper. Such a print is almost eternal and can be safely exposed even in strong light. Wantuch’s prints are made on a unique cotton paper produced in one of the oldest paper mills in Europe, in Arches, in the East of France. It has been established in 1492. In the same year Christopher Columbus sailed off to discover the New World. This is one is one of the most perfect and most durable artistic papers in the market.
In this context, one question remains: Wantuch’s prints seem to be everlasting, but how long will this contemporary ideal of female beauty live?
The exhibition is accompanied by a photobook with the same title, “Platinum”, including expanded set of photographs and two interviews which discuss both the artistic and technological aspects of Wantuch’s work.
Exhibition open 15.09–28.10.2016
Leica 6×7 Gallery Warszawa
Mysia 3 (2nd floor)