[alt-photo] Re: ziatype
JoeSarff at aol.com
JoeSarff at aol.com
Thu Apr 26 21:56:40 GMT 2012
Having lived in New Mexico now for over five years, I'm going to take a
poke a at your questions.
The Zia, or sun symbol, is as ubiquitous to New Mexico and it's people as
oranges are to Florida, movies to California or the Yankees to New Yorkers.
It's everywhere, from the state flag, to my drivers license to nik-nak's
sold at tourist traps. To call the process the Ziatype (referring to solar
printing out) is no big deal, not politically incorrect and an insult or
affront to no one.
I believe the process was always a subset of the more widely practiced
'regular' platinum/palladium develop out process. It was, I believe, more for
people who had negs for more conventional silver printing who wanted to see
them in platinum.
As to the book, books come in and out of print all the time. I believe
Carl Weese actually printed that one, not B&S. I would look to him for
Finally, as to the chemicals, 505/474-0890 and ask Leah or Dana. I really
All the best
In a message dated 4/26/2012 9:15:25 A.M. Mountain Daylight Time,
zphoto at montana.net writes:
Over the last five months I have managed to slug through all the archived
emails from the list's inception. There's not much on Ziatype in
there...I've got only about 10 collated pages of notes on ziatype out of 750pp all
I went to B and S and see that the book on it is no longer available, and
it was called The New Platinum Print.
I noticed in the archives there was some grumbling about the name
"ziatype" as being inappropriate, using the name of a deity in the Native American
religion to describe a process seemed to be the argument, though "Zia"
means sun is the other side of the argument. This was before I got on the list
so I wasn't aware of this discussion from 99 on.
Is that argument still valid or merely usual list grumbling?
Is the process widely practiced or more or less a sort of..."subset"...of
Is there no longer a book available on the process, really?
I notice B and S still sells all the chemistry so it must be being used by
Any thoughts are appreciated.
Christina Z. Anderson
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