Kerik will share his experiences with this and other alternative processes, while he demonstrates the steps in the process of platinum/palladium printing. There will be hand-outs that describe the process in detail for students to take home.
This is an introductory course intended for anyone who would like to learn more about this unique printing process. Kerik offers more extensive workshops for those who want to delve deeper into the process after this introduction.
There will be a lunch break at noon--lunch is included in the price of the workshop.
Registration is limited to 10 people for this special Sharper Focus Workshop.
Background Information on the Platinum/Palladium Printing Process:
William Willis invented the platinum/palladium printing process in the 1870's and patented
commercially in 1879. By the turn of the century platinum prints were very popular, valued for their beauty and their intrinsic permanence. Platinum and palladium are two of the most inert elements (noble metals) in existence, which contributes to the archival stability of platinum/palladium prints.
Contemporary print makers who desire the unique and beautiful qualities of this process create their own printing paper by mixing the light-sensitive chemicals and coating paper by hand. Many print makers thrive by working this way, gaining both technical control and personal satisfaction from this hand-made approach to photographic print making.
The process involves mixing small quantities of a sensitizer solution (ferric oxalate) with solutions containing the platinum and/or palladium metals. This mixture is then applied to fine rag paper or other media, using either a brush or a glass rod that evenly spreads the solution across the paper. The platinum mixture is only sensitive to ultraviolet light and is therefore a contact printing process (the negative must be the same size as the desired print). The platinum and palladium becomes embedded within the fibers of the paper which results in an image that is as permanent as the paper itself.
Kerik Kouklis is a fine art photographer who has been involved in creating hand-made photographs since his father set up a darkroom in the basement when he was 12. Born and raised in California with a background in music and geology, Kerik combines a contemporary eye with 19th, 20th and 21st century processes to produce work that is uniquely his own. Working in a variety of formats from small digital cameras up to large view cameras, Kerik uses both film and digital negatives to create his prints. He is known as a skilled practitioner and teacher of the platinum/palladium process and the combined gum-platinum process. He has used these processes to create his work since 1990 and has been teaching workshops in these processes since 1997, both in his home studio and at various locations around the US, Canada and the UK. In recent years Kerik’s travels have taken him to Iceland, Scotland, the Galapagos and Mongolia. In 2017 Kerik completed his first documentary film “Mongolia in Winter”. Kerik’s work is currently represented in California by Oficino Uno in Carmel and the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite where he has been teaching hand-made photographic techniques since 2000. His prints are held in private and corporate collections in North America and Europe as well as the Museum of Fine Art, Houston and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Newcastle, Pennsylvania.