The platinum and palladium printing processes date back to the 1870’s. It is the most archival printing process of all because these too noble metals are incredibly durable and not subject to discoloration due to atmospheric pollution or oxidation like most other print processes. They are also the most expensive prints to make due to the extreme high cost of the raw materials of platinum and palladium. Palladium prices recently rose to over $1800 an ounce and Platinum has trended around $900 per ounce.
The Platinum-Palladium print is a mono print process because no two prints are ever identical. The reasons for this are due to the fact that the materials are affected by temperature, humidity, the ratio of chemical solutions, and the hand coating technique of the maker.
Each print represents at least two hours of labor to produce from start to finish. It is a delicate process that yields exceptional results.