Projects - California Condors

A portrait of a California Condor - traditional platinum/palladium print.

California condors are an endangered raptor found in the western United States. This species of condor nearly faced extinction by the 1980s when the total number of birds dropped to a staggering low count of 22. The main cause of their diagnosed mortality is ingested lead bullet fragments left in animal carcasses and gut piles by hunters*. Through captive rearing programs, the condor population has increased to over 300 in the wild and over 150 in captivity. Through the amazing work of groups like California Fish and Wildlife, Los Angeles Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park, The Peregrine Fund, and many others, the California condor was saved from extinction.

Below you will find a series of five platinum/palladium prints I am working on. This is an archival printing process that dates back to the middle of the 19th century (1873). It gained popularity throughout the next 30-40 years and then rapidly declined due to the costs of platinum/palladium in the early 1900s. The process is considered one of the most archival printing processes known because the platinum/palladium rests directly on the paper surface and not on a gelatin surface - as is the case with most all other darkroom printing processes. This results in a print that may last for thousands of years. The prints on this page are professionally made and framed in Flagstaff, Arizona.

To the best of my knowledge and through extensive research, I am the first and only photographer offering this historic and very rare printing processes for representing these incredible birds. 

Each print is available to purchase in a limited edition of only nine prints. They are available framed as shown, or in a custom frame as availability allows. Please contact me directly if you're interested in one of these special prints.

20% of each California condor print sold goes into a donation to The Peregrine Fund for all their incredible work saving this species in Arizona/Utah. 

* - https://peregrinefund.org/news-release/southwest-california-condor-program-review-completed

California Condor, Palladium Print

California condor #342 was the second wild-born condor in Arizona after the captive breeding program began in 1983. #342 hatched May 10th, 2004 in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. He is the grandson of AC-9 who was the last wild condor caught for the captive breeding program in 1987.

 

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first platinum/palladium print of a California condor ever created.

 

I took this portrait of #342 near the Vermilion Cliffs in March 2017.

 

To purchase, please contact me.
Signed, limited-edition (of nine prints).

Print: 11x14" Framed:19x23"

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California condor #203 was born at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho on April 23rd, 1999. He was released into the wild in 2001. Now days this elusive bird is not commonly seen as he resides in the far western part of the Grand Canyon. Over his life, he's been treated several times for lead poisoning.

 

I took this portrait of #203 in the Vermilion Cliffs on December 15th, 2018.

 

To purchase, please contact me.
Signed, limited-edition (of nine prints).

Print: 11x14" Framed:19x23"

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California condor #731 was born at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho in 2014. She was released into the wild in 2015. Shortly before #731 was photographed here, she had just finished chelation treatments for lead poisoning.

 

I took this portrait of #731 in the Vermilion Cliffs in December of 2019.

 

To purchase, please contact me.
Signed, limited-edition (of nine prints).

Print: 16x20" Framed: 25x28"

In the series of five California Condor platinum/palladium prints, three have been selected as of July, 2020. I average about one print a year which indicates the series may be completed around 2022. Due to the complexities of getting the remaining two photographs that I want, it may take longer. Please continue to watch this page for the remaining two condor platinum prints. Please also consider joining my mailing list to receive news of new prints.

Watch how these prints are made here.

Below are additional photographs I've taken while photographing California condors. Limited edition affordable archival prints are available by request for those not wishing to get a platinum/palladium print. Please Contact Me 

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