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Palladium platinum print – the choice for serious collectors of black and white photography. Platinum prints are the ultimate expression of bespoke craft printing. In the hands of a master printer they can provide a unique register of tones and effects bringing unexpected nuances from a negative. Prints created in this way have an ethereal quality with incredible detail, enhanced by the way the chemicals soak into the fibres of the paper. They are also light fast and therefore not subject to any form of fading over time. James Sparshatt’s platinum prints are produced by the Paul and Max Caffell of 31 Studio, the UK’s leading exponents of this art.
Gelatin silver handprints – this has been the standard for producing black and white prints for most of the 20th century. Extracting maximum detail and the correct balance in a photographic print is an artform in its own right with master printers often taking a lifetime to master their craft. Selenium toning is used to increase the stability of the chemicals and give the photographs a greater archival life. In the UK we work with Barb Wilson one of Britain’s leading practitioners of traditional black and white printing and processing.
Digital C-Type or Lambda print – a traditional colour photographic print on light sensitive paper (Fuji Crystal archive museum quality), developed by chemical-process but exposed by digital laser. The process produces prints of vibrant intensity and amazing detail.
Acrylic reverse or face mounting – the print is bonded to a clear sheet of UV perspex using a silicon gel technique and then mounted to a backing substrate (aluminium or black perspex). The refraction of light through the perspex enhances both the prints definition and colour with stunning results as well as protecting the image from scratching and other environmental factors. The piece comes complete with an aluminium subframe to allow for easy hanging on a wall and to give it a floating contemporary feel.