Untitled (detail), 1986, Madoka Takagi, platinum and palladium print. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © Estate of Madoka Takagi Untitled (detail), 1986, Madoka Takagi, platinum and palladium print. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © Estate of Madoka Takagi

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Admired for their velvety matte surface, wide tonal range, and neutral palette, platinum prints helped establish photography as a fine art. Introduced in 1873, the process was championed by prominent photographers until platinum’s use was restricted in World War I and manufacturers were forced to introduce alternatives. The process attracted renewed interest in the mid-twentieth century from a relatively small but dedicated community of practitioners. This exhibition draws from the Museum’s collection to showcase some of the most striking prints made with platinum and the closely related palladium processes.

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