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Fridolin Walcher

*1951 Glarus, lives and works in Nidfurn (GL) walcherbild.ch

  • Lempuyang Bali 1 2015, 2018
  • Platinum Palladium print on Revere Platinum
  • Edition of: 17
  • Size of image: 21,50 cm x 21,50 cm
  • Size: 45,50 cm x 36,00 cm
  • Production: Ursula Heidelberger, Zurich
  • CHF 1180.00
  • available
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  • Lempuyang Bali 3 2015, 2018
  • Platinum Palladium print on Revere Platinum
  • Edition of: 17
  • Size of image: 21,50 cm x 21,50 cm
  • Size: 45,50 cm x 36,00 cm
  • Production: Ursula Heidelberger, Zurich
  • CHF 1180.00
  • available
  • Inquiry

The series of pictures "Lempuyang, Bali" by Fridolin Walcher was taken in 2015 during the rainy season on the Indonesian island of Bali. There, the artist climbed the more than 1700 steps of a pilgrimage path, which led him past seven temples to the summit of Mount Lempuyang. At the highest temple, a breathtaking view of the mountain forest enveloped in morning mist opened up to him. In his photographs, he captures this atmosphere by capturing the rising steam of the last rainfall and the sun's rays making their way through the fog. Space and time seem to dissolve in Walcher's photographs, allowing a view of the eternal beauty of the landscape. The artist confronts the energies of nature: rocky landscapes, glacier worlds, primeval forests.
"Lempuyang, Bali" is the first Platinum Palladium print published by Edition VFO. The Platinum-Palladium process is an old photographic printing process. A negative is produced from the original negative in the desired image size. High-quality watercolour paper is coated by hand with a brush using a solution of platinum, palladium and iron salts and exposed with UV in a contact process. The exposed paper is then developed, clarified, watered and air-dried. Fridolin Walcher's Edition was produced by Ursula Heidelberger from Laboratorium Media AG. Over the years she has worked her way up to the old process and has now brought the elaborate manual work to perfection.
The process has its origins in the early 19th century. Photographers such as Paul Strand, Irving Penn and Alfred Stieglitz used this technique as a form of artistic expression until it fell into oblivion in the course of the 20th century. It was not until the 1970s that a renaissance took place in the USA and Europe. Thanks to its wide tonal range, velvety surface and unsurpassed durability, Platinum-Palladium Prints are highly valued by photographers as well as collectors and museums. The platinum and palladium metals are chemically more stable than gold, which leads to the expectation that Platinum-Palladium Prints will last several hundred years.

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