Van Gelder paper

Way back when I first came to the US, I started using Van Gelder Simili Japon paper for my own platinum printing. It was from the last remaining mill in Holland yet it was easily available in large sheets and had good wet strength. The downside was the watermark. Running the length of the longest side were the words ‘Holland’ at each end and in the middle its huge logo. These all encroached many inches into the sheet, so you lost quite a bit of paper, unless you wanted a print with the word ‘lland’ or ‘Holla’ in it.

 

 

 

Over the years other papers came along that were supposedly better for platinum printing, improved versions of Arches Platine, Weston Diploma, COT 320, and my use of the Van Gelder faded away. But recently I’ve found myself wanting to make prints on it once again. You can still buy the large sheets from New York Central, my original supplier, but that watermark… Then I found that they make an easily available, but lighterweight version, in convenient pads of 25 sheets for calligraphy. It’s only available in 12 x 9.5″ size but my prints are only 7 x 7″ anyway. Perfect! And it has good wet strength too.

 

With my work being so small, it’s easy for the texture of a paper to become distracting and lose detail. But after making just one print on this paper I remembered why I loved it so much, all those years ago. So the new prints I’ve been making are all on the Simili Japon, 50/50 platinum and palladium.

 


Temple of Apollo, Ancient Corinth, Greece.

 

New Prints in Platinum

A selection of newly printed work in platinum-palladium that I’ll be sending to Obscura Gallery soon.

 

Image Size: 7″ x 7″
Paper Size: 12″ x 9.5″
Paper: Van Gelder Simili Japon
Medium: Platinum-Palladium
Edition Size: 10 plus proofs
Price: $800

 

Contact Jennifer Schlesinger at Obscura Gallery for more information and to purchase prints.

 

 

Obscura Gallery

 

Jennifer Schlesinger, one of the directors of the now closed Verve Gallery, has opened her own gallery, Obscura Gallery, and I’m very pleased to be able to say that I’m one of the twelve artists represented by her.

 

Obscura Gallery, named after the original Camera Obscura, is founded on our passion for photography which is deeply rooted in the history of the medium. Obscura Gallery encourages the ways in which contemporary artists are using photography to create unique additions to the history of photography which began nearly 200 years ago.

 

The artists at Obscura Gallery are each representing photography in a new, unique way, sometimes taking from or adding to many of the 19th and 20th century photographic processes that the medium was founded on. Each artist represented at Obscura Gallery offer a hand-crafted, thoughtful approach to their work.

 

Jennifer Schlesinger
Obscura Gallery
1405 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 577-6708
info@obscuragallery.net