Norman Parkinson Archive

The Art of Travel

07 December 2014

The Norman Parkinson Archive is delighted to announce the release of a new limited edition platinum print of ‘The Art of Travel’.

“Wenda offered to my camera a quiet beauty that does not seem so out of date today. Girls change, clothes change, but beauty itself, in whatever form it is viewed, is sealed there forever - it is frozen, it is permanent and it does not age.”

Norman Parkinson, 1983

This iconic image, the most requested amongst Norman Parkinson’s vast portfolio of work, captures the photographer’s wife, Wenda, waiting for the Hermes aeroplane to be repaired on a glistening Nairobi airstrip. Evocative of a more elegant age, and capturing the broadening of horizons heralded by the advent of commercial air travel, this seminal image has inspired admirers and imitators for decades.

This posthumous platinum/palladium print is from an edition of 21
(image size: 44.5 x 58 cm / paper size: 50 x 63.3 cm).

Please contact us if you would like to find out more about purchasing this print: / 020 7394 9743

About the Platinum Print

Platinum prints are loved by photographers and treasured by collectors because of their wide tonal range, surface quality and permanence. Although time consuming and costly to create, a fine platinum print exhibits a broad range of subtle tonal variations from rich velvety blacks to luminous mid and high tone values, in the deepest shadows the platinum print still presents information; the depth of the image is alive and three-dimensional.

Prints made with platinum are not only exceptionally beautiful; they are the most durable of all the photographic printing processes. The platinum and palladium metals used to create a print are more stable than gold and will last many generations greatly surpassing all other modern printing methods. Platinum prints are created by hand one at a time and are far removed from the world of mass produced silver-based papers and modern media for digital outputs. Very few master platinum printers remain capable of printing editions in this highly delicate and elaborate manner.

The Archive is issuing this image as a platinum/palladium photograph, working exclusively with master printer, David Chow. DC Editions is a specialist Platinum Printing Studio based in Cambridge in the UK. The studio creates platinum and palladium prints for a broad range of photographic practitioners, from the leading photographic artists in Europe to renowned institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum and the Royal Anthropological Society.