Fine Art Photographs in Dry Print Out Gold, Rhodium, Iridium, Electrum, Platinum, Silver and Palladium

The short documentary, Magic Iron Rose, about Richard Eugene Puckett's relentless quest to work out a formula for printing out rhodium, won a bronze Remi at the 2017 Houston WorldFest. Click on the image below to view the film.

Richard Eugene Puckett has developed simple formulas that fundamentally alter the light-sensitive compounds used to print photographs with the noble metals. The Chrysotype Supreme, which sets gold prints truly on a par with platinum and palladium, is the most widely recognized of Richard Eugene Puckett's processes: pure gold photographs with gray tonality, invisible grain, and a wide tonal range -- and that print out on completely dry paper. The Rhodiotype is the first, the only process in history, for printing photographs in rhodium. The Palladiotype Supreme and the Platinotype Supreme are the first and only processes for dry print out with those noble metals -- no hydration of paper, no learning curve, no wasted money time: prepare the sensitizer, apply it to the paper, let it dry, print it out. The Ultimatype resolves an impossible combination: gold and platinum printed together not for special effects but for continuous tone grayscale images that exploit the finest qualities of both metals. And the Auridiotype combines gold and iridium for astounding results. Finally, the Iridiotype Supreme, quite different from the old process used to make photographs for cemetery gravestones, reveals the nuanced subtleties of which that metal is capable.

After presenting the Chrysotype Supreme in person at the 2013 Alternative Photography International Symposium (APIS) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Puckett returned to Austin and quickly formulated the Electrumtype, gold and silver,  along with similar processes that substituted rhodium and iridium for the gold. Later research in 2016 and 2017 resulted in the Iridiotype and the Rhodiotype. The informed printer grasps that these processes are truly for a new century, and new millenium, leaving far behind the old develop out and print out on hydrated paper of platinum and palladium invented back in the 1800s. Richard Eugene Puckett's processes for gold, platinum, palladium, iridium, and rhodium constitute a revolution in fine art printing.

The metal(s) content of Richard Eugene Puckett's prints has been validated by the Getty Conservation Institute and other professional analysts using ESEM and XRF analysis. At latest count, Puckett lays claim to ten validated processes.

Full List of Richard Eugene Puckett's Processes

Richard Eugene Puckett's innovation of magic iron -- any double ferric oxalate reduced to a double ferric ferrous oxalate -- liberated fine art photographic printers from the bare choice of platinum or palladium.  With a deft wave of the hand, Puckett swept away the Willis develop out platinum (and palladium) process, and Pizzighelli's 1880s platinum print out on hydrated paper (reinvented  in the 1980s by a Scottish don and a Tanzanian photographer, without acknowledgment of Pizzighelli's work). No development, no heavy breathing on paper, no six month learning curve and waste of materials, no absurd, steampunk hydration chambers: prepare the magic iron, mix it with the metal salt(s), brush onto paper, dry and print out. Coating with a glass rod (invented not in the late 20th century by the "inventor" of Pizzighelli's 1890 platinum process, but probably by a Roman glassmaker 2000 years ago) is optional with the Platinotype Supreme and Palladiotype Supreme, as well as with the rhodium and iridium processes. 

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* These three processes involve partially printing out an image in the nobler metal, then fully developing it out with silver nitrate. They have all been validated by professional XRF spectrometric analysis; however, the formulas are suppressed and are solely for my personal work.  

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