Liam’s palladium prints are produced using the following materials, chemistry formulas and methods. They are 100% archival and are produced with minimal effect on the environment, all used chemistry is discarded in a safe environmentally conscious manor.
Negatives are printed using pigment inks with an Epson Stylist Pro 3880 printer on Pictorico Ultra Premium OHP Transparency Film. #For those technically minded Liam also applies a customised photoshop tone curve to the file prior to printing.
100% cotton fibre stock, archival acid free Bergger 320gsm and Canson Arches Platine 310gsm both stocks produced in France.
Sensitiser chemistry is mixed to a particular formula then the paper is hand coated using a solution applied with a glass rod through multiple passes across the surface.
Exposing the print:
The negative is placed emulsion side down on the sensitised paper then sandwiched inside a custom built contact frame. Once the sensitised paper & negative are securely placed inside the contact frame it is then transferred into a custom built UV light source for a specified exposure time.
A solution of Potassium Oxalate is used as my preferred developer, there are several other solutions that can be used at this stage but I’ve found this particular chemical to be best suited to my desired result. The effect when the solution hits the exposed sensitised paper is something that I’ll never tire of, it’s the moment where the image magically reveals itself from within the fibres of the paper. From there it’s simply a matter of fixing the chemistry to ensure the print will be archival. Several clearing baths including EDTA are used and once completed the print is slowly air dried over a period of at least 12 hours, once dry the print is again sandwiched between acid free paper on a flat surface beneath a heavy sheet of glass for a further 12 hours or until flat.
All prints are signed on the reverse side of the print away from the image area if embossed this is also done off the image area on the bottom right hand corner of the print, this is done using a custom designed dye with the Liam Lynch Photography logo, another added feature to these already unique prints.