Re: How Much PMK

From: SteveS ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 10/03/05-01:05:25 AM Z
Message-id: <018701c5c7e8$d59fffe0$4802280a@VALUED65BAD02C>


I don't use PMK, it's a waste of Metol. I use pyro A, B, C at a ratio that
I got from Morley Baer, which is 6:2:2 + 11 times H2O.

The history of PMK goes back to the late 1850's when, in a rush the
photographers in the field couldn't wait for their Pyro formulas to properly
develop; so they tossed in some Metol, formerly called Elon. This was a
dismal excuse for developing one shot pics. in a hurry.

Later, in press photography, they'd 'boil the soup' and push the process to
sometimes less than a minute. But, quality didn't matter, since the printer
would compensate and the neg would be trashed soon as the journeyman got it
onto the plate, anyway.

I could go on about the dumb process using PMK, but it get personal and
inflamitory. Since I take the time with trays and a green light, I'm sorry
for those of you who put yuourselves through all the difficulties, but
applaud your experimentation to learn for yourselves.

S. Shapiro
----- Original Message -----
From: "SteveS" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, October 02, 2005 8:47 PM
Subject: Re: How Much PMK

> My friend Wynn Hutchings has had great results with is Pt/Pd prints from
> negatives developed in PMK using his Jobo. Great results that have sold
> in galleries since the rebirth of the PMK formula became popular in the
> late 1990's
> S.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Sandy King" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Sunday, October 02, 2005 11:58 AM
> Subject: Re: How Much PMK
>> Jeffrey,
>> I would recommend 500ml of solution, per 8X10 sheet of film.
>> However, PMK is not the best staining developer for rotary processing, at
>> least IMHO. You will get less general stain with either Rollo Pyro or
>> Pyrocat-HD. PMK oxidizes very rapidly with rotary processing and the
>> result will be increased B+F stain. This is especially troubling with the
>> long development times required for alternative printing.
>> Sandy
>>>One nice thing about this list is a lot of wheels have already been
>>>It would be appreciated if someone familiar with PMK could tell me how
>>>much total volume of rolo PMK are required to develop a typical 8x10 film
>>>using a tube. The concern is to not deplete the developer so as to get
>>>consistent results no mater the densities on the film. I currently tray
>>>develop with 1030 ml PMK (10-20-1000) per each 8x10 and have not checked
>>>the capacity.
>>>Thank you in advance.
>>>Jeffrey D. Mathias
Received on Mon Oct 3 01:06:35 2005

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : 11/07/05-09:46:18 AM Z CST