Adox MCC

This collage uses Adox MCC. It’s a lovely fibre-based photographic paper, with rich, velvety dark tones and soft gradations between white and grey (apologies for sounding like an advert from a photographic magazine). I’ve run out, and it’s unobtainable at present. Problems with pre-suppliers and factories in Europe.

Being fibre-based, it needs dying and flattening on a print dryer – a curved hot plate. It’s a very satisfying process: placing the wet, buckled print on the metal, stretching the cloth cover tightly over it and watching as the heat produces a smooth, flat, shiny sheet of card. I have a semi- Pavlovian reaction to the hot metal. It smells of finished photograms.

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