Almond on Platinum
Printing is for me as important as taking photographs.
I've been presenting my villagers on warm-toned silver
paper. But after India, I knew I'd have to search more
deeply to portray these people with the dignity they
conveyed to me: the color, warmth, earthiness, the classical
structure of their community, the roots and the rituals
of their families. So finally I chose to print their
images on a paper that I sensitize with platinum and
palladium: the most permanent and classical of all formats.
The paper became the earth, the platinum and palladium
became the permanence that these people represent. There
is a strong bonding of the paper and the emulsion as
there is in these people, their villages, their extended
families and traditions.