Fine Art Photographs in Dry Print Out Gold, Rhodium, Iridium, Electrum, Platinum, Silver and Palladium

The short documentary, Magic Iron Rose, about Richard Eugene Puckett's relentless quest to work out a formula for printing out rhodium, won a bronze Remi at the 2017 Houston WorldFest. Click on the image below to view the film.

Richard Eugene Puckett has developed simple formulas that fundamentally alter the light-sensitive compounds used to print photographs with the noble metals. The Chrysotype Supreme (a radical reformulation of his electrifying Texas Chrysotype that sets gold prints truly on a par with platinum and palladium) is the most widely recognized of Richard Eugene Puckett's processes: pure gold photographs with gray tonality, invisible grain, and a wide tonal range -- and that print out on completely dry paper.

View the Chrysotype Supreme Formula

Richard Eugene Puckett, shortly after announcing his ground-breaking chrysotype in the March/April 2012 issue of View Camera magazine, introduced in rapid succession three more dry print out processes:

  • THE KARYTYPE (View the Karytype formula), the only process in the world for printing out pictorial gold and platinum images 
  • THE FANNINTYPE, the holy grail of fine art printing with the noble metals: dry print out pure platinum
  • THE ALAMOTYPE (View the Alamotype formula), dry print out palladium 

After presenting the Chrysotype Supreme in person at the 2013 Alternative Photography International Symposium (APIS) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Puckett returned to Austin and quickly formulated the Electrumtype, gold and silver. Later research in 2016 and 2017 resulted in the Omnitype, all of the foregoing metals combined for a unique tour de force, as well as the Iridiotype and the Rhodiotype. Puckett had finally completed his ultimate goal: dry print out of gold, iridium, rhodium, platinum, palladium, and silver alone or in any combination with each other. 

The metal(s) content of Richard Eugene Puckett's prints has been validated by the Getty Conservation Institute and other professional analysts using ESEM and XRF analysis. At latest count, Puckett lays claim to one dozen validated processes.

Full List of Richard Eugene Puckett's Processes  

The categories with combinatons of the noble metals are not arbitrary; those mixtures of two or more metals which cannot possibly be printed using the old 19th century ferric oxalate and ammonium ferric oxalate formulas (all -- ALL -- derived form the work of William Willis, by the way, who tested printout of platinum and palladium with ammonium ferric oxalate and rejected those formulas requiring paper hydration as unsatisfactory) are new and therefore invented by me.

  • Chrysotype Supreme: pure gold, dry print out (DPO)
  • Karytype: continuous tone, gray scale gold and platinum, DPO
  • Fannintype: pure platinum DPO,  may be mixed with palladium or iridium
  • Alamotype: pure palladium DPO, may be mixed with platinum and/or gold and/or iridium
  • Rhodiotype: rhodium DPO, requires small volume of palladium chloride to reduce. The palladium is optionally dissolved with a hydrochloric acid bath after print out
  • Iridiotype: iridium DPO, requires total volume of at least 25% palladium chloride to reduce
  • Auridiotype: gold and iridium DPO
  • Aurhodiotype: gold and rhodium DPO
  • Electrumtype: gold and silver; partial gold DPO with silver nitrate develop out completion*
  • Iridiotype AG: iridium and silver; partial iridium DPO with silver nitrate develop out completion*
  • Rhodiotype AG: rhodium and silver; partial rhodium DPO with silver nitrate develop out completion*
  • Omnitype: all of the forgoing metals combined in equal proportions and printed out DPO

Awe is the touchstone of art.

* These three process involve partially printing out an image in the nobler metal, then fully developing it out with silver nitrate. They have been validated by professional XRF analysis. Forum trolls initially protested that silver nitrate is somehow so potent that it actually attacks and eliminates from a print gold, iridium, and rhodium. Persons of such obviously limited intelligence are drawn, like leeches to a drowning horse, to online internet forums -- Photrio, for example -- and new printers desirous of mastering printing with the noble metals are vigorously urged to steer clear of those sites.    

Gold-Rhodium. Richard Eugene Puckett refined and resolved this formula on-camera in his documentary, Magic Iron Rose.
Gold-Iridium. This combination is simple proof that you can only create to the limits of your imagination. Before Richard Eugene Puckett mixed these two noble metals together, no one in the world even conceived of such a combination.
Gold-Platinum: gold precipitates out of solution in the presence of platinum using conventional printing processes. Not so with the Karytype formula. Gold and platinum synergistically render images exhibiting the finest characteristics of each metal.  
This image is half rhodium, one-quarter platinum, and one-quarter palladium -- another combination no one in the world could ever print. 
Gold-Platinum-Rhodium-Palladium-Iridium-Ruthenium is a tour de force in fine art photographic printing. Click image for more information.
Gold: the famous Chrysotype Supreme is the only process for printing grainless, gray-scale, continuous tone prints in pure gold.  
Rhodium-Palladium prints cannot be found in any collection, any museum, or any references. Richard Eugene Puckett is the only photographer in history able to print with rhodium.  

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