Unique Offer in Fine Art Photograph – Tom Millea

This offer ends Sunday, December 8th.

With the holiday season fast approaching, The Ansel Adams Gallery will be offering our collectors and fellow art lovers a chance to add to their collection (or perhaps to a friend or loved one’s collection) at a special price. For the upcoming Unique Print Offer, we will be showcasing work by photographer Tom Millea. Although unconventional, in the traditional “Yosemite Landscape Photography” sense, Mr. Millea’s compositions capture a dynamic Yosemite “scene” – turning the camera not only on the great monoliths the park is renowned for, but also on animals, people and even the man-made – and add to the great photographic record and mythology of the Sierra. A small handful of complete “A Portfolio: Yosemite Valley” are available and will include 15 platinum prints, hand-made by the artist. Some additional hand-made images are also available outside the portfolio set, and you can find out more about each composition by following the links below. Individual prints, and the portfolio sets will be available for 25% off the retail price – a savings between $100 and $750 respectively. See all prints in this offer.

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This offer will commence on Monday, December 2nd and will end at the close of business on Sunday, December 8th at 6:00 Pm Pacific Time. We anticipate an order fulfillment time of approximately one to two weeks to ensure the quality of each individual order and that they arrive at their destination in time for holiday celebrations. This offer is available for a very limited time, after which, the portfolio and prints will return to full price. Please visit Tom Millea Photographs to purchase, or email our curator, Evan Russel, at evan@anseladams.com if you have questions about the prints or shipping.

About The Platinum Process

The platinum/palladium printing process has been in existence nearly as long as photography itself. Commercially-produced platinum printing papers first became available in the 1880’s and by the turn of the century platinum prints were very popular, valued for their beauty and their intrinsic permanence. Platinum and palladium are two of the most inert elements in existence which contributes greatly to the extreme archival stability of platinum prints. There is a documented case where platinum prints aboard a sunken ship were brought to the surface 20 years later in excellent condition. With the onset of World War I, the export of platinum family metals from Russia was greatly reduced and platinum papers had to be imported from Europe. By 1941, commercially-produced platinum papers were no longer available. In 1988 platinum papers were reintroduced by The Palladio Company of Cambridge, Massachusetts.In the interim, print makers who desired the unique and beautiful qualities of platinum had to create their own printing paper by mixing the light-sensitive chemicals and coating paper by hand. Many print-makers continue to work this way, gaining both technical control and personal satisfaction from this hand-made approach to photographic print making. The process involves mixing small quantities of a sensitizer solution (ferric oxalate) with solutions containing the platinum and/or palladium metals. This mixture is then applied to fine rag paper, or other media, using either a brush or a glass rod which evenly spreads the solution across the paper. The platinum mixture is only sensitive to ultraviolet light and is therefore a contact printing process (the negative must be the same size as the desired print). The ferric oxalate in the solution reacts with UV light and the developing agent to reduce the platinum metal out of the solution, thus creating the image on the paper. The platinum particles are embedded within the fibers of the paper which results in an image that is as permanent as the paper itself. This venerable process has experienced a renaissance in recent years, but it is estimated that less than 500 artists world-wide work in this process as their primary medium. Platinum prints are valued by galleries, museums and art collectors for their archival stability as well as their inherent and unmatched beauty.