West Meets East at Loftworks
Patented in 1873 by the Englishman William Willis, platinum printing was immediately embraced at the turn of the twentieth century by the Pictorialist and Photo-Secession movements. This entirely handmade process exceeds all others in its physical beauty and longevity.
An image made in platinum will vary in color from warm brown to cool black. Printing the image requires a negative the exact size of the print to be made. The photographer hand coats the paper, places the negative directly on the dried emulsion, and exposes the image to ultra violet light. The image is then developed, fixed, washed and dried.
Because it is composed of pure metal, the platinum process is one of the most stable and archival of any in photography, as the platinum image is literally embedded in the paper itself. It is often said that the platinum image will outlast the paper upon which it is printed.
Featuring the work of the renowned Cleveland photographer Herb Ascherman and internationally exhibited Indian photographer Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, this exhibition highlights a range of subject matters from Herb’s romantic portraits, landscapes and figure studies to Unni’s surrealistic and abstract imagery. Rendered in classic platinum, their images take on ethereal qualities of light and depth not seen in any other photographic medium. Through the platinum process, the commonplace becomes classic in vision and tones, reminiscent of the nineteenth century.
Loftworks Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday, August 3–September 1; additional hours available by appointment. Please check www.loftworksgallery.com for further information or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEST MEETS EAST: HERB ASCHERMAN & UNNI KRISHNAN PULIKKAL | AUGUST 3–SEPTEMBER 1
RECEPTION 6–9PM FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
1667 East 40th Street #1A
Cleveland, Ohio 44103