Platinum-palladium printing in the 21st Century

with scott b. davis


In this two-day workshop students will learn the time honored technique of platinum/palladium printing. Developed in 1873, this hands on printmaking process is known for creating exquisite images in the world’s most permanent photographic process. Platinum printing merges well with both digital capture and scanned negatives, and best of all requires no special darkroom setup.

The cost of this workshop is $395 and includes all materials


July 19-20, 2019

San Diego, Calif.

Participants in this workshop will get a thorough review of making digital negatives and explore the depth and character of the platinum print. Limited to three participants, this in-depth workshop is offered exclusively to individuals with a working knowledge of platinum / palladium printing.

Registration includes all material costs (platinum and palladium, paper, chemistry and digital negative), instructional handouts, and more.


Each student will leave with a thorough understanding of the process, including resources on developing a platinum workspace, setting up a home darkroom, purchasing materials required for platinum printing as well as leaving with finished prints from personal negatives. Participants can expect to take home at least 2 finished prints and maintain open communication for troubleshooting darkroom practices into the future.

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About scott b. davis

scott b. davis is an artist and founder of the Medium Festival of Photography. His photographs are created with wooden view cameras ranging in size from 4” x 5” to 16” x 20”. The images he makes explore plant communities in the Sonoran desert and ordinary urban spaces in the American landscape. Since 1996 he has made prints by hand using the exquisite 19th century platinum/palladium process. He has exhibited photographs across the world and had his work reviewed in print editions of the New York Times, the Village Voice, the New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, and other media. scott b. davis’s photographs have been collected by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Pier 24, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, and others.

Originally raised in the suburbs of Washington D.C. he is based in San Diego, having lived west of the Mississippi River since 1989. His current work is made in remote portions of Arizona and Mexico, using pure palladium to create one of a kind, in-camera paper negatives.