One of several images that I recently printed on vastly outdated Kodak Royal Bromesko, for a project in London. More on that soon.
This is a scan from the print, which, given the paper dates from somewhere between 1962 and the late 1970s when it was discontinued, was an absolute pleasure to work with. I’ve had clients younger than this paper cause me more grief.
‘Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed’ is the motto of my favourite pencil in the studio and darkroom, the Blackwing, and one which I imagine can apply to most things in life. A classic, loved by animators, writers, composers and artists alike — even Paul Kinsey used one.
My using it may also imply that I can either a) draw or b) write. Wrong.
For the best part of the past year I have been one of several beta testers for a new paper by Hahnemühle, formulated specifically for alternative/historical processes, and it’s beautiful. Straight out of the box, this paper worked for me.
Those that have been around me long enough know that I’m not a printer who uses densitometers or relies heavily on calibration (although we absolutely need those people), so my testing was based on my real world conditions and variables. I changed nothing in my approach to testing and nothing really changed; my sensitiser mix and exposure times were virtually identical to those I would have used with Arches Platine. Very easy to work with, and with great wet strength, the coating was smooth, the blacks deep and has excellent separation throughout. I also tested both sides of the paper without any discernible difference. The weight, surface and colour of the paper give it the feeling of a luxurious, high quality paper, which it is. Bostick and Sullivan and Freestyle will both be carrying the paper from March.
I must thank Carol Boss at Hahnemühle for giving me the opportunity to be one of the beta testers and for listening to us and our requirements and pushing them forward.
Hahnemühle Platinum Rag is an uncoated fine art paper. It is designed to meet the highest quality requirements for platinum printing and any other non-traditional photographic printing processes like Palladium, Van Dyke, Cyanotype and Salt Prints. The natural bright white paper with a weight of 300 gsm is made of 100% cotton fibres, acid free and does not contain any alkaline buffering. Along with the optimised sizing, the paper allows for easy coating and clearing. Hahnemühle Platinum Rag excels with a beautiful tonal range and very deep blacks. The smooth, slightly textured surface lends the paper a pleasant feel-to-the-touch.
Hahnemühle Platinum Rag will be available in March in the following sizes:
8.5″ x 11″ 5 sheets (Sample Pack)
8″ x 10″ 25 sheets
11″ x 15″ 25 sheets
20″ x 24″ 25 sheets
22″ x 30″ 25 sheets