Steven Albahari gum over platinum print: Stillness
"Gum-over-platinum is an historic process the melds the aesthetic of two of photography's most beautiful processes.
The platinum print is sought for its subtle and delicate rendering of the image, as well as for its being the most archival
of the photographic processes. Gum is a process that uses the finest watercolor pigments in a solution of gum Arabic
to imbue the image with a unique signature, akin to a drawing. Marrying the two processes creates a hand-crafted
image with a quality unlike any other.
In making the gum-over-platinum print, the artist paints 100% rag paper with his platinum solution and hand processes
it in his specially equipped studio. He then coats the finished platinum print with a gum solution formulated specifically
for the image, and processes it. This step is often repeated as the image demands. The process is demanding and exacting,
and each print takes several days to complete. The finished piece is a uniquely beautiful interpretation of the image."
- Stan Klimek