with Julian Pearce

1st workshop – FEBRUARY 18


2nd workshop – FEBRUARY 19


COST: $250 each

Learn the gentle art of making hand-crafted platinum/palladium prints.

This workshop is held in conjunction with an exhibition at the Redcliffe Art Gallery, from 4 February to 18 March, which includes several platinum/palladium photographs by Julian Pearce.

About the workshop

This one-day workshop is intended to provide participants with a working knowledge of platinum/palladium printing and will involve hands on practice of the processes involved.

Topics covered include:
• a brief history of the process;
• sources for chemicals required and suitable papers;
• the digital and in-camera negative;
• contrast and tonal control;
• coating the paper, including hands on practice;
• exposing, developing and clearing the print;
• print presentation.

Participants will be asked to provide a digital image prior to the workshop. The instructor will produce a digital negative from this image for use in printing a platinum/palladium print by each participant by the end of the workshop.  Alternatively an in-camera negative 4×5 or larger may be used.


The workshop will be restricted to a maximum of 4 participants to allow hands on involvement in the process. A minimum of 2 participants is required for the workshop to proceed.  The workshop fee covers all materials used during the workshop and morning and afternoon tea.  As there are limited lunch places available nearby, participants should bring their own lunch.

If the workshop is cancelled, refunds will be made in full. Refunds are not available less than one month before the workshop. However, registrations may be transferred to another attendee with prior notice.

About Platinum/palladium printing

Printing using salts of platinum and palladium was the dominant form of photographic expression in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century and is regarded by many as the among the finest of alternative  photographic processes. The prints are formed by the ‘noble’ metals platinum and palladium becoming embedded in surface of watercolour paper itself. The image can be neutral to warm sepia in tone, with delicate highlights.

About the instructor

Julian Pearce learnt platinum/palladium printing from Gordon Undy (of Pointlight Gallery in Sydney), who is regarded as one of Australia’s leading practitioners of this art in Australia. Gordon learnt his technique from George Tice who was at the forefront of the resurgence of this alternative process in the US. The workshop therefore passes on this fine tradition.

Julian has exhibited his platinum/palladium images at the Queensland Centre for Photography (in both solo and group exhibitions) and at Pointlight Gallery in Sydney. His prints are on display at an exhibition at the Redcliffe Art Gallery in February 2017. He is one of 16 Australian alternative process photographers included in a hand-made book with original photographs, The Spirit Within Australia: The Land and The People, being launched in San Francisco in February 2017.


Limited number of participants, to secure your place – book here

For further enquiries on this workshop contact julianp@bigpond.net.au or phone 0418 715 504