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Joan 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.
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