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Handcrafted photography prints featured

An exhibit of Platinum Palladium photographs by Michael Przbyla will be on display in the Art Corner of the Peterborough Town Library for the month of November.

Przbyla began his interest in photography in his early teens developing film in the kitchen sink and printing black-and-white prints in a basement darkroom. Photography took a back seat while he earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental planning from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. It resurfaced within the past 10 years with a concentration on large format black-and-white photography.

All of the photographs on display were printed using the platinum printing process, which has a greater tonal range that is unattainable with conventional silver or ink-jet printing methods.

The photographer says, “Since the emulsions are mixed and coated by hand, no two prints are exactly alike. This, and the tremendous tonal range of the prints, make platinum prints so extraordinary.”

The photos were taken between 2012 and 2013 at various locations from western New York state to mid-coast Maine. While encompassing a wide range of subject matter, they all examine the interplay of light, texture and geometry.

Przybyla lives in New Ipswich and, when not taking photographs, can be found working on the Wapack Trail.

The antique glass insulator collection of Eamon Welby is featured in the showcase.

Both exhibits are on view during library hours throughout November.

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