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Monochrome - Peter Dazeley's Book On Platinum Prints Illuminate Nature's Beauty


Gill Roberts

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In the captivating world of photography, few artists manage to transcend the boundaries of time and technique quite like Peter Dazeley. Renowned for his celebrated career spanning over 60 years, Dazeley has once again graced the photography community with his latest masterpiece, "Monochrome."

This exquisite book compiles a stunning collection of platinum prints, showcasing the timeless beauty of plants, animals, and flowers. Let's delve into the allure of "Monochrome" and explore the meticulous craftsmanship behind Dazeley's use of the original Platinotype method.

The Distinctive Artistry of Platinum Prints

Monochrome" serves as a testament to Dazeley's dedication to the craft, as he employs the original Platinotype method devised by William Willis in 1876. These handcrafted platinum prints exude a distinctively rich and luminous quality, characterized by unparalleled shadow detail and warmth.

The careful selection of subjects—plants, animals, and flowers—further enhances the visual impact of each print, creating a symphony of textures and tones that captivates the viewer.

A Glimpse into the Book

Printed on high-quality paper with metallic inks and elegantly casebound with a ribbon, "Monochrome" is not just a book; it's a tactile experience that appeals to photography enthusiasts, art lovers, and nature admirers alike.

The craftsmanship of each page mirrors the artistry found within the images themselves, making it a perfect gift for those who appreciate the intersection of technique and aesthetic.

Photography Masterclass Magazine's Contribution

Adding an extra layer of significance to "Monochrome" is the inclusion of part of Photography Masterclass Magazine's article on Platinum Printing.

This collaboration brings together two pillars of the photography world, merging Dazeley's mastery with the insightful content from the magazine. It's a unique blend of past and present, showcasing the enduring relevance of platinum printing in contemporary photography.

Peter Dazeley: A Visionary Photographer

To truly appreciate "Monochrome," it's essential to understand the visionary behind the lens.

Peter Dazeley's journey began in the 1960s when he embarked on his photography career in Fleet Street, London. Despite leaving school at 15 without formal qualifications due to dyslexia, Dazeley considers dyslexia a superpower that allows him to see the world differently.

Dazeley's career has been marked by meticulous planning and imaginative problem-solving. His collaboration with 31 Studios resulted in his first book, "21st Century Platinum" (2003), a project likened to taking photography back to its origins.

Dazeley, a born and bred Londoner, has also documented the city's history through a series of successful books, earning accolades such as a Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society and a British Empire Medal.

We did a full interview with Dazeley in Issue 115 of Photography Masterclass Magazine, so be sure to check out his interview there for more insight into him and his photography career.


Monochrome" stands as a testament to Peter Dazeley's enduring creativity and commitment to pushing the boundaries of photographic artistry. This collection of platinum prints not only showcases the timeless beauty of nature but also pays homage to the historical significance of the Platinotype method.

As readers embark on a visual journey through "Monochrome," they are treated to a symphony of visual delights that celebrate the intersection of technique, history, and the natural world.

Monochrome is available to purchase here and on Amazon.

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