In Focus: Platinum Photographs
January 21 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm
In Focus: Platinum Photographs features more than two dozen striking prints made with platinum and the closely related palladium photographic process. Drawn from the museum’s collection, the exhibition explores the wide variety of visual characteristics that have come to define the allure and beauty of this medium, which include a velvety matte surface, wide tonal range, and neutral palette. Introduced in 1873 by scientist William Willis Jr. (British, 1841-1923), the use of platinum was quickly embraced by both professional and amateur photographers alike and helped to establish photography as a fine art. Platinum printing became widely associated with Pictorialism, an international movement and aesthetic style popular at the end of the 19th century.