Platinotype

Made by a monochrome printing process, Platinum prints, also called platinotypes, are photographic prints that provide the greatest tonal range of any printing method using chemical development. Dissimilar from the silver print process, platinum lies on the paper surface, while silver lies in a gelatin or albumen emulsion that coats the paper. As a result, since no gelatin emulsion is used, the final platinum image is absolutely matte with a deposit of platinum (and/or palladium, its sister element which is also used in most platinum photographs) absorbed slightly into the paper. Most platinum printing ended around 1914, as the platinum was needed to manufacture high explosives for World War I.

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Frederick Walker in Directoire dress, copied by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, 1870s (1868) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Frederick Walker in Directoire dress
copied by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
1870s (1868)
NPG x13281

The Burne-Jones and Morris families, by Frederick Hollyer, 1874 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Burne-Jones and Morris families
by Frederick Hollyer
1874
NPG x11881

Silvia Constance Myers; Leopold Hamilton Myers, by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant), circa 1890 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Silvia Constance Myers; Leopold Hamilton Myers
by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
circa 1890
NPG Ax68387

Mrs Patrick Campbell, by Frederick Hollyer, 1893 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mrs Patrick Campbell
by Frederick Hollyer
1893
NPG P229

John Ruskin, by Sarah Angelina Acland, 1 August 1893 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Ruskin
by Sarah Angelina Acland
1 August 1893
NPG x5588

Thoby Stephen, by George Charles Beresford, August 1906 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thoby Stephen
by George Charles Beresford
August 1906
NPG x13093

George W. Walker in

George W. Walker in 'In Dahomey'
by Cavendish Morton
1903
NPG x126392

George Bernard Shaw, by James Craig Annan, 1910 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Bernard Shaw
by James Craig Annan
1910
NPG P1131

Frances Louise Stevenson, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy), 1917 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Frances Louise Stevenson
by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
1917
NPG x16096

Sir William Hamilton Fyfe, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy), circa 1931 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir William Hamilton Fyfe
by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
circa 1931
NPG x15089

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