January 2016 Newsletter

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Happy New Year! And welcome to my new-look newsletter. In this issue:

My New Website

Those of you who are long-time subscribers to my website and blog will have noticed that I switched to a new format a couple of months ago. I believe this new format is crisper, easier to navigate, and focuses more clearly on my photography. I would love to hear your opinions about this change. My email address is webcontact@ianleake.com.

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Goodbye 2015, Welcome 2016

It is traditional at this time of year to look back over the past twelve months and look forward to the next. 2015 was a good year for me and my family, even though I was unable to spend as much time on photography as I would like. However, despite many distractions I made three big steps forward this year:

  1. Publishing my book about making platinum/palladium prints (The Platinum Printing Workshop, Second Edition). It covers all the main processes, and also various historical topics too. This took a huge amount of work, and I’m really pleased to have completed it. I will talk a bit more about this book in a future newsletter.
  2. Getting my working space and darkroom up and running after moving to Switzerland. I also bought a new Chamonix 11×14 view camera, which allowed me to retire the clunky and unfriendly home-built 11×14 that I have used for many years. A big camera allows me to make big prints designed to look great hanging on the wall. This is now my main camera, and most of my new work will be at this size.
  3. Switching to the printing-out process for platinum/palladium prints. This has enabled me to make several significant advances in my printing, especially with platinotypes. Again, I’ll write more about this topic in a future newsletter.

I look forward to making lots of new work in 2016, especially with my fabulous new Chamonix camera!

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New Limited Edition Nudes

Vita #1 (Matted Print)
Vita #1 (Matted Print)

In recent months I have released several limited edition platinotypes. The prints are platinotypes made from 11″x14″ film negatives, and the edition size is 24 prints. One of them, Vita #1, is shown above, matted and ready to be framed.

Special Offer: I am offering these new prints at a 20% discount until the end of February. Please contact me for further information. See here for more details of prices and shipping.

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Pigment-on-Paper Prints and Folios

I have long wanted to make my photography more accessible to a wider audience. I believe that my new range of pigment-on-paper prints and folios are a way to do this.

In the past, the only way you could own one of my photographs was to buy an original platinum/palladium print. This immediately put my work beyond the reach of most people. Over the years this situation has got worse as I have moved to bigger prints, limited editions, and gradually increased my prices.

There is of course no substitute for a fine platinum/palladium print, but what to do if you’re not ready to buy one of these beauties?

To ensure that my work is available to the widest audience, I am introducing a new range of pigment-on-paper prints and folios. These are digitally printed on archival-quality Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta paper, and the images are optimised for this paper’s glossy finish. Depending on the project, the images themselves are either scanned from film negatives (my Nudes) or are original digital captures (my Jazz and Valais projects).

Folios: These are collections of nine to twelve prints with an image size of approximately 19cm x 14cm. They are designed for handheld viewing, or to be displayed as a group.

Individual Prints: These are typically at least 30cm on their longest side, and are designed to be hung on your wall.

All my pigment-on-paper prints are available in open editions. Individual prints and folios are numbered and signed by me.

See here for more details of prices and shipping.

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