About the platinum prints
These limited edition prints are the first in this format to be created from negatives in the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Collections and include the newly digitised fragile silver nitrate negatives, housed for the Society by the British Film Institute, as well as a selection of celluloid and glass plate negatives preserved at the Society.
The Society has worked with the Salto Ulbeek Studio in Belgium, the team responsible for the Society’s recent Frank Hurley ‘Endurance’ platinum prints, to carry out painstaking digitisation work and to then create these exceptional new prints in one of the oldest, rarest and most stable of all black and white photographic printing processes.
A selection of the most historically and aesthetically significant of these negatives have been scanned at an extremely high resolution, allowing for a better analysis of their material quality and state of preservation. The high resolution scans were then digitally cleaned and restored; a painstaking process that requires up to one day of work per photograph.
Once restored to the original condition, some of the negatives were combined into panoramas as originally intended, and all of the photographs were printed through the platinum-palladium printing process, using special techniques developed by Salto Ulbeek.
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Everest Platinum Print brochure
The chemical nature of photographic negatives makes them a particularly fragile form of cultural heritage. Many of the original glass and celluloid negatives stored in archives have already suffered from the passage of time, poor processing, or mishandling. All negatives, regardless of their current condition, will fade and disappear with time.
The mission of Salto Ulbeek Publishers is to secure and advance the preservation, interpretation and appreciation of key photographic archives before they fade. This is achieved through longstanding research and a continually improved understanding of historical and contemporary photographic techniques that range from large-format analogue and high-resolution digital image capture, to platinum-palladium printing. This knowhow is supplemented by the personal photographic experience of each member of the Salto Ulbeek team, and is enhanced by a meticulous approach to the production of limited edition books and portfolios.