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About pmalde

Professor, Dept. of Art and Art History

Extra meeting Friday, April 13

Arkady Lvov and Pradip will demonstrate and discuss aspects of platinum/palladium printing On Friday, April 13, from 9:30 AM to about 1:30 PM, at 292 Old Farm Road. Please join us if your schedule permits.

Arkady talking about and showing platinum-palladium prints during our class meeting today. Thank you for an amazing visit, Arkady!

Reading for April 12 2018

Please read this by April 12, 2018’s class meeting.

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Mike Ware, The Technical History and Chemistry of Platinum and Palladium Printing
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Starting Spring 2018

Information about a completely new course syllabus and schedule is now being posted on this site. The class is about understanding the difference between seeing and looking, and how processes shape expression with particular attention to the print-out method of platinum-palladium printing.

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Students will be posting to this site throughout the semester.

Inert but Sensitive

The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Pultneyville, New York, negative October 1957; 1960 gelatin silver print

Minor White: The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Pultneyville, New York, negative October 1957; 1960 gelatin silver print

The state of mind of a photographer while creating is a blank…For those who would equate “blank” with a kind of static emptiness, I must explain that this is a special kind of blank. It is a very active state of mind really, a very receptive state of mind, ready at an instant to grasp an image, yet with no image pre-formed in it at any time. We should note that the lack of a pre-formed pattern or preconceived idea of how anything ought to look is essential to this blank condition. Such a state of mind is not unlike a sheet of film itself – seemingly inert, yet so sensitive that a fraction of a second’s exposure conceives a life in it. (Not just life, but “a” life). – Minor White, The Camera Mind and Eye