Making Museum-Quality Prints from Photographs

I’ve been researching and experimenting with some of the methods for making museum-quality archival prints of my photographs.

I’ve had the best results with vendors using high-end inkjet printers and Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, a bright white cotton paper considered to be the industry standard. I’ve also had amazing results with chromogenic prints (also known as “C-prints”), but they use photographic paper, and I prefer the cotton rag for most of my prints.

I’ve worked with several printers and each has a different standard for how much white space they include around the prints. Since the C-prints use photographic paper, they are usually cropped to the edge of the image with no surrounding border. You can add the border with a mat at framing.

I’m very happy with the high-gloss aluminum prints I’ve had made from my photographs. The aluminum costs about twice as much to produce as the paper or C-prints, but you don’t need to frame and can add hanger systems to the backs of the prints.

I’ve also experimented with canvas prints. The results have been stunning and the images are surprisingly vibrant. There are many options for making canvas or other wrapped prints of your images. Some have the look and feel of real canvas, but you can also create wrapped prints with glossy (or matte) finishes. The online vendors I’ve worked with also offer many choices for mounting and framing.

LightJet Printing to Fujiflex photographic paper is considered the standard for printing fine art photographs. These extremely high gloss prints have a resolution of over 4,000 dpi. I plan to start experimenting with these prints soon and will report my results.

Some of my prints will be available for purchase in signed and numbered editions beginning in March or April of 2014. I’ll be posting photographs of some of my aluminum, paper, and C-prints on this site in the coming days and weeks.

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