What goes into creating a fine art photographic print?

It’s a question that’s asked a lot especially in regards to photography. When George Eastman first brought photography to the masses he saw as a way for people to capture personal memories and images. Wikipedia defines fine art photography today as “photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer.” That is our mission with Gallery 591974. But the process of creating a fine art print is as important as the image itself.

 

The process of creating a traditional fiber based paper print involves chemistry. As with all chemical processes, deterioration and changes can occur over time. We utilize a process that is the same as that used by museums and art galleries around the world to extend the life and value of the print.

 

When silver gelatin photographic paper is exposed to light, the silver particles react. When processed in photochemistry, the exposed particles turn black and the unexposed particles are washed away. The secret to a museum quality print is to begin with the best materials possible and then use a rigorous hardening and wash process that eliminates the remaining unexposed silver. The extra step of selenium toning converts the remaining silver to silver selenide. This extends the life of the print even more as well as giving the blacks a deeper quality to them. The end result is not just the richest possible looking print but one whose life is extended even longer to well over one hundred years, protecting your investment for generations to come.