[alt-photo] Re: Need Your Recommendations for New Alt-Process Paper

Kurt Nagy kakarott76 at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 2 19:04:15 GMT 2011

I really hope they aren't discontinuing COT320.  I've gotten my best gum results from it!

On Sep 2, 2011, at 1:51 PM, David Ashcraft <davidashcraft at sti.net> wrote:

> I use Arches Platine, printed over a dozen new photographs in pt/pd with it without a problem.  Good luck!
> David
> On Sep 2, 2011, at 11:17 AM, Francesco Fragomeni wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I know that paper selection is a common discussion especially when new
>> papers are released and great old papers are discontinued. It seems to be a
>> never ending conversation. I'm in the process of setting up my facilities
>> and purchasing materials for alt-processes (primarily Pt/Pl and Cyanotype).
>> I've printed Pt/Pl before but only with friends (dedicated Pt/Pl printers)
>> in their darkrooms so I had the ease of not having to think about or stock
>> my own materials. Now comes the time to stock up on paper. I've used Cranes
>> Platinotype and Bergger COT for Pt/Pl and mainly Bergger COT for Cyanotype.
>> I still have some Bergger left but this past week when I went to order more
>> from Bostick & Sullivan I saw that they had none and when I called to see
>> when they would be getting more in, it did not seem as though they were
>> expecting it anytime soon. I've heard rumors that it might be discontinued
>> but I have no way of substantiating that. I would be very interested in
>> hearing what the currently available papers are for those of you printing
>> Pt/Pl, Platinum, and Palladium. I'll need to do some experimenting to find
>> my paper of choice and then I'll probably buy as much as I can store.
>> Also, I've read quite a bit about people being unhappy with currently
>> available papers because of the low acidity of the papers. It seems that
>> many are turning to acidification techniques of fine art papers available at
>> art stores rather then depending on disappearing papers made for Pt/Pl. Does
>> anyone have any insight on this?
>> I've only been a member of the group for about 24 hours and many of you have
>> already been immensely helpful. Thank you very much!
>> Best,
>> Francesco Fragomeni
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