About the prints: I had planned to describe some of the techniques involved in making the platinum and gum prints, but the details can be found all over the web. I think it's sufficient to just say that both platinum and gum are hand made printing processes that result in beautiful archival quality images that really must be seen in person to be appreciated.

I thought it might be more interesting to spend some time talking about why I make prints using these processes.

I was first drawn to platinum printing out of convenience; only a minimal darkroom is necessary to start making prints. This was the deciding factor when I moved into an apartment after having spent many years printing with gelatin-silver and Cibachrome (Ilfochrome) in a full-size darkroom. Platinum printing was a practical way for me to continue to do my own printing. (I consider doing my own printing as an essential, integral aspect of my art.) I have to thank my 'brother' Harvey for leading me in the right direction and getting me started down this path.

When I started printing with platinum I discovered that I immediately felt more connected with the printing process. I was enjoying the act of printmaking much more than I had: hand-coating the emulsion, the tactile quality of the fine art papers, slowing down the entire process, all of it worked for me. The whole process just feels "right". I am now completely committed to hand-made printmaking processes.

Of course, there was a down side to all of this, platinum printing was a struggle at first. I was used to seeing (and printing) large contrasty black and white and color images (the Ansel Adams look) but I gradually entered into what feels like a real collaboration with the process: working with the materials to get the most out of my images, and working with my images to use the materials to their fullest potential.

Another problem I ran into without a really nice darkroom was that I missed the ability to print in color, which led me down another path; I started doing three-color gum prints (another classic hands-on process) to see if it could take the place of Ilfochrome printing. I'm still coming to terms with the look of gum prints (after working with high-contrast saturated Ilfochrome prints, the gum prints are soft by comparison. In a wonderful way.) I'm also learning to accept the variables in gum printing, and the fact that each gum print is truly unique. But I'm hooked on the process. It "feels" even better than platinum printing.

If you're interested in reading more about the processes, you can check out my TechNotes, or these links should be a good general start: platinum and gum.

Special Thanks: Ellen provided invaluable assistance with website design.

Purchasing prints: All of the images on the website are available for purchase, either in platinum (for the black and white images) or gum (for the color images). All of the prints are archivally processed and matted with 4-ply museum board, ready to frame. Please send me an email for details.
(Sorry, no inkjet prints are available.)