Malde-Ware Platinum Printing Workshop with Pradip Malde
This workshop is designed to teach platinum-palladium printing with enlarged digital negatives, as both an introductory and advanced-level opportunity to become familiar with one of the most highly nuanced approaches to the process. The method taught in this workshop has recently been recognized by conservators as the most permanent variation of the process. The image appears as it is exposed (print-out) and renders remarkably smooth tones, with the legendary ‘creamy’ highlights and open shadows.
- Workshop Dates:
August 10th to August 13th 2020
Length: Four days
Location: Cone Editions Press, Vermont.
Includes: All material costs.
Maximum attendees: 8
This workshop is designed to teach platinum-palladium printing with enlarged digital negatives, as both an introductory and advanced-level opportunity to become familiar with one of the most highly nuanced approaches to the process.
Platinum/palladium printing has always been valued for its permanence and its ability to resolve tonal values - ‘velvety’ is a term often used to describe fine platinum/palladium prints. The method taught in this workshop has recently been recognized by conservators as the most permanent variation of the process. The image appears as it is exposed (print-out) and renders remarkably smooth tones, with the legendary ‘creamy’ highlights and open shadows. All together, this demands the best possible negative. The Piezography PiezoDN Digital Negative system is among the most finely tuned and highly resolved methods for making enlarged negatives. There are a multitude of formulae for making prints from platinum and/or palladium, and the same is true for digital negative making. This workshop concentrates on a particular approach to each: the print-out platinum/palladium method, invented in the late 19th C and refined by Dr. Mike Ware and Pradip Malde during the 1980s, and the Piezography PiezoDN digital negative method.
DAILY PLAN FOR THE WORKSHOP WILL INCLUDE:
Demonstrations: Digital to Printer setups; negative printing; platinum-palladium printing
Discussions: History; Technical aspects of the process; Chemistry, safety and preparation; Folio reviews and aligning process to vision
Doing: Workroom setups; printing; fine-tuning; problem solving
ADVANCE READING/ REFERENCES
Pradip Malde is a photographer and educator who has lived and worked in Tanzania, India, Spain, and Scotland, and currently resides in the United States. His work has been widely published and exhibited across the USA and Europe and is included in various public and private collections, notably the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago; Houston Museum of Fine Art, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Princeton University Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.
Malde’s work sits between fine art, documentary, and collaborative modes of photography practice, but throughout has worked extensively with large format and platinum-palladium printing. His long-term professional collaboration with chemist and photographer Mike Ware, which began in 1981, led to the successful re-formulation of an ammonium-based platinum/palladium printing-out process, derivative of the 19th century process published by Austrian photographers Joseph (Giuseppe) Pizzighelli (1849-1912) and Arthur von Hübl (1853-1932) in 1883 titled “La platinotypie.”
ABOUT THE PLATINUM/PALLADIUM PRINT
"This printing process is renowned for its capacity to activate seemingly homogenous areas of tone. Scrutinizing the platinum/palladium print yields more than the appreciation of technique and materials: it brings to light an intimate and palpable sense of “image.” It seems the more we do this, the less separation there is between oneself, the print, and the photographic "window." There is a feeling not only of being a part of the world but of being apart from the world, of looking beyond. The more we look at, and consider this kind of photographic print, the more it seems that we are gazing back at ourselves from another's world. I believe that photographic images as prints have to be compelling. The work has to hold attention. Attention, or being compelled to look at an object (the print), amounts to valuing the subject. Developing value requires immersion, both in the production and reading of the work. It is this kind of sustained attention that builds sufficient energy for us to excavate the links between loss and love, for instance, and begin to answer perpetual questions about what it is to be human." - Pradip Malde
LOCATION AND HOURS:
The studio is located at 17 Powder Spring Road, Topsham, Vermont 05076. It is registered with Google Maps and you can trust Google directions to our studio. The studio is open to students, and instruction is provided from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Your instructor sets time for demonstrations, lunch, critiques and clean up. On Wednesday we try to have a paella party in the Summer when weather permits. In the Fall we try to do something similar. But, we do keep the studio open later on Wednesdays. We also encourage sharing your work on Wednesday early evening. So plan for staying a bit later on Wednesday to share, eat, or get a bit more printing done!
Our nearest airport (75 minutes) is Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Burlington, VT. Other airports are Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) (130 minutes) and Boston-Logan (180 minutes). There are car rentals as well as private taxis and shuttles between the airport in Burlington, VT and East Topsham.
The amount of lodging near us is very limited. You must make reservations early if you want to be within walking distance of our studio. There is a small B&B with friendly owners and excellent breakfast and 5 minute walk: http://www.vermontbackintime.info/
Rest Haven (18 minute drive) They are willing to provide meals and local transportation
Lake Morey Resort (25 minute drive)
Gibson House Bed & Breakfast (30 minute drive)
Millstone Inn, heart of the old Websterville granite quarries (25 minutes drive)
Firehouse Inn, an old firehouse converted into a restaurant and inn (25 minutes drive)
Maplecroft Bed & Breakfast (25 minutes drive)
The Lime Inn (40 minute drive)
Dowd's Country Inn (40 minute drive)
Breakfast on the Connecticut Inn (40 minute drive)
Norwich Inn and Brewery (40 minutes drive)
Betsy's Bed and Breakfast (45 minutes drive)
The Inn at Montpelier (45 minutes drive)
Capital Plaza Hotel (45 minutes drive)
Hannover Inn (upscale and fine dining) (45 minutes drive)
Six South Hotel (45 minutes drive)
Stillwater State Park (camping) (20 minutes drive)
We provide a tasty and healthy lunch each day according to the questionnaire you are asked to fill out prior to your arrival. Coffee, espresso, and tea are all very important to us and is always available fresh. We have a refrigerator in case you need to bring things you would rather not be without.
For dinner, Vermont is known for its interesting and varied cuisine. Some of our favorites are close and others are not so close.
Positive Pie and Taproom in Barre, VT
Firehouse Inn in Barre, VT
Colatina Exit in Bradford, VT
Samurai Soulfood in Fairlee, VT
Whippe Dip (seriously? yes, but only in the Summer) in Fairlee, VT
Leda's Pizza in Fairlee, VT
Salt Hill Pub in Hanover, NH
Pine at Hanover Inn in Hanover, NH
Market Table in Hanover, NH
Lou's Restaurant in Hanover, NH
Candelas Tapas Lounge in Hanover, NH
Stella's Italian Restaurant in Lyme, NH
The Lyme Inn in Lyme, NH
Lantham House Tavern in Lyme, NH
Kismet in Montpelier, VT
Chef's Table in Montpelier, VT
Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
Peyton's Place Restaurant in Orford, NH
Ariana's Restaurant in Orford, NH
Cancellation Policy: Because these workshops are small and your cancelling adversely affects the program, Cone Editions has both a very generous and a very strict cancellation policy.
We collect a deposit payment if you sign up more than 30 days in advance of a workshop. All workshops must be fully paid 30 days in advance.
- If you withdraw more than 30 days prior to the start date of your workshop, all payments made will be refunded, minus a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the deposit.
- If you withdraw between 30 and 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop, all payments made will be refunded, minus a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the workshop tuition, unless Cone Editions or you can supply a replacement, in which case you will receive a full refund minus a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the regular deposit amount associated with that workshop
- If you withdraw less than 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop you will receive no refund, unless Cone Editions or you can supply a replacement, in which case you will receive a full refund minus a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the regular deposit amount associated with that workshop.
There are no exceptions to these policies and Cone Editions is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies. Should Cone Editions have to cancel a workshop, all fees and deposits are refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 12 months. Cone Editions is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation. We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation/travel insurance.
- You get three solid days of instruction, and a fourth day to apply everything you've learned.
- You will be individually walked through the calibration and linearization process using a spectrophotometer.
- You get to work with both palladium and platinum.
- You do not have to pay for any of the noble metals, chemistry, film or paper that you use during the workshop.
- You get a 20% discount on any inks, cartridges, chemistry and noble metals, film, and paper that you buy during the workshop week (ends Sunday), and a 15% off discount coupon that can be applied during the next 45 days.
- A workshop manual.
- Delicious lunch, snacks, coffee, tea and beverages.
The $1,500 workshop fee includes all materials and fine art papers. We provide a delicious lunch according to your dietary restrictions as long as you send us notice at least 7 days in advance. We provide fresh tea and coffee and cold drinks. You get a workshop manual. InkjetMall staff will be present to take orders which include substantial discounts on inks, cartridges, noble metals, papers, and software if you are so inclined to take advantage of things like that.
|Workshop Dates||August 10th to 13th, 2020|
The workshop is for photographer/printmakers who are experienced with the basic workflows of digital photography through to fine digital print, or with wet lab processes, or even a novice who wishes to deep dive into one of the most exquisite of photographic printing methods.
The workshop aims to give participants a thorough understanding and hands-on experience with making print-out platinum/palladium prints from enlarged digital negatives. We will learn how to modify images in the digital workspace; digitally print negatives optimized for the platinum/palladium (or any other wet photo) process; prepare sensitizer and processing solutions from raw chemicals; learn about, sensitize and print a variety of papers; and consider presentation methods. Additionally, since there is a profoundly important connection between expression and method, there will be portfolio reviews and discussions about how best to fine tune the processes towards a personal vision.