Photographic Materials Publications

Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation

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Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation. 2017. ed. C. McCabe. Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation.

New in August 2023: An electronic version of this book is available by chapter. Click on linked chapter title or section below to download that pdf file.

AIC's Photographic Materials Group is proud to announce the publication of Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation. This volume is made possible through the generous support of The Irving Penn Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the extraordinary efforts of its volunteer authors. 

Edited by Constance McCabe, the volume presents the results of a four-year inter-institutional, interdisciplinary research initiative led and organized by the National Gallery of Art. Contributions by 47 leading photograph conservators, scientists, and historians provide detailed examinations of the chemical, material, and aesthetic qualities of this important class of rare, beautiful, and technically complex photographs. The volume will help those who care for photograph collections gain a thorough appreciation of the technical and aesthetic characteristics of platinum and palladium prints and scientific basis for their preservation. 

Table of Contents and Electronic Chapters

Foreword: Malcolm Daniel, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Preface and Acknowledgments: Constance McCabe, National Gallery of Art; Notes to the Reader

Introduction: The Subtle Beauty of Platinum and Palladium Photographs, Andrea Nelson, National Gallery of Art

Plates: A Selection of Masterworks in Platinum and Palladium

Section I: Technical Foundation

Section II: Photographic Art and Practice

Section III: The Platinum Revival and Contemporary Platinum and Palladium Prints 

Terminology and Bibliography