Lundy Canyon, 1993, 4x5 platinum/palladium print. Photo © Kerik Kouklis. Best paper for platinum/palladium printing
Lundy Canyon, 1993, 4x5 platinum/palladium print. Photo © Kerik Kouklis

The Best Paper for Platinum/Palladium Printing

Lundy Canyon, 1993, 4x5 platinum/palladium print. Photo © Kerik Kouklis. Best paper for platinum/palladium printing

Photographers who work with the historic, hand-made or otherwise alternative printing processes know that a good print requires a good paper. Each process has different requirements for what makes a “good” paper, and those of platinum/palladium printing are among the strictest.

It’s been almost 30 years since Kerik Kouklis made his first platinum/palladium print, and in that time, he says there’s never been such a selection of new and improved papers coming onto the market at the same time.

Here, in his own words, Kerik reveals the best of the best from long-time industry stalwarts Hahnemühle, Legion Paper, and Arches.

New Epson Hot and Cold Press Papers on Epson 9900

Here at The Image Flow we are constantly on the look out for anything that helps us make better prints. We recently purchased an Epson 9900 printer and have been really impressed with the improved color and contrast provided by its new Ultra Chrome HDR inks, especially on matte papers like the Somerset Velvet or Hahnemuhle Photo Rag. Stuart and I have been experimenting with Epson’s new line of fine art papers on the 9900, which have the most vivid …