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Michael Massaia

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by krugorg, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Popphoto Magazine has an interesting article about artists still excelling with film in the current issue (I signed up when they had one of the cheap offers, $4 or something). It does not look like they have the article on their website yet, but one of the photographers they highlighted was Michael Massaia. My jaw dropped when I saw his first image. He used a Sinar F2 8x10, Rodenstock 240mm, and Kodak T-Max 100 for the photo in the magazine and the front page of his website:

    Michael Massaia Photography

    It sounds like he is spending a lot of time and money in the darkroom with the platinotypes.
     
  2. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Great link, thanks!
     
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  3. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    This is spectacular. Thanks, Kyle.
     
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  4. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    This got me pretty excited about platinum developing, wondering if it could be downscaled to maybe a 35mm. He doesn't go into too much detail on his processing in the article, but does say that he drastically overexposes the T-Max 100 and that he is using the staining developer Pyro (which he then says was mostly given up for its toxicity).
     
  5. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Kyle, platinum/palladium is a printing process rather than a developing process, and you can certainly produce large Pt prints from 35mm but it requires a bit of effort (you have to produce an intermediate using digital printing). There's a few articles on the web about it which if I remember I'll post back.

    Returning to mr massaia ... the best of these LF guys really have skill; they know the Zone System inside out and understand how to use meters and their emulsions of choice. Plus they can develop each negative individually (this seems unexceptional to anyone who only uses digital, where you can PP each shot individually, but of course if you're using roll film you can't ... you can with sheet film) ... there seems no substitute in terms of tonal quality and detail for LF film, even now

    I was looking at that recent shot of yours Kyle of the loco wheel and it immediately brought Brett Weston to mind ... another LF photographer of course.
     
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  6. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    Wow!
     
  7. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I finally remembered to look it up ... but can't find the site that I found most interesting!
    However there's a LL article which is worth a read The Platinum Print

    if i ever trip over the other one I'll post back