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, has 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 with the noble metals. The Chrysotype Supreme (a radical reformulation of the 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! With the Chrysotype Supreme contact prints can be exhibited at their original size and do not need to be shrunken to quarter size to be presentable as is the case with the obsolete "New Chrysotype" or "Chrysotype S".

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. While Puckett sought to protect his early formulas through the patent and copyright protocols, in 2015 he simply withdrew his later formulas from publication. He is content to leave the ceaseless printing of effectively anonymous cyanotypes and palladium prints to the herd, while he offers collectors the rarest photographs ever made -- images formed, impossibly (for others), in electrum, in gold and iridium, platinum and gold, rhodium and palladium. Awe is the touchstone of art.


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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