Monochrome is the new book from world renowned photographer Peter Dazeley, known professionally as Dazeley. As the title suggests, the book concentrates on black and white imagery, but more specifically platinum prints produced using the platinotype method developed by William Willis in 1876.
Dazeley’s images of plants, animals and flowers were produced by hand with the distinctive rich, luminous quality of platinum prints giving them great depth and warmth. Monochrome has been printed on high-quality paper with metallic inks to best show off the platinum qualities. Many of Dazeley’s platinum prints also combine the process with solarization. Also known as the Sabatier effect (after Armand Sabatier who worked with solarization in the late 19th century), the method was largely forgotten until the 1930s when Man Ray’s muse Lee Miller (an accomplished photographer in her own right) accidentally switched on a light whilst developing one of Man Ray’s films. The combination of solarization and the platinum printing process produces incredibly strong and distinctive imagery.
Dazeley is one of the world’s foremost advertising and fine-art photographers. Working with 31 Studios, the foremost specialist for Platinum printing in the UK, Dazeley produced his first book 21st Century Platinum (2003), which he likened to taking photography back to its origins. As a born and bred Londoner, he has also fulfilled his passion to record the history of London, in
four highly successful books: Unseen London (2014), London Uncovered (2016), London
Theatres (2017) and London Explored (2021). He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to photography and charity.
Monochrome will be released in October 2023 and is available to pre-order from:
Trope Publishing https://trope.com/collections/books/products/monochrome