About our photography
Photography has long been parth of the pantheon of artistic forms.    We consider both documentary, with the photographer seeking to capture the decisive moment, and more stage managed  images to be equally valid.  Our criteria is based on aesthetic quality with an underlying ethos that enables a photographer to make a body of work, not just a one-off image however stunning.
All of our photographers have as their raison d’etre the creation of images with an artistic vision.  Their approach and style may be different but the end result is always intended for viewing at exhibition in the fine art context.  As such each operates with a strict adherence to limited editions, print archival quality and framing.
Limited Edition prints
It is now an accepted standard practice in the fine art photographs to be produced as limited editions.  Each print should be numbered, eg #1 / 12, titled and signed by the photographer.  There are no set rules for the size of the edition so each photographer decides on their own approach.  Some decide to opt for an edition at a single size, while others will produce prints at a number of sizes with an edition associated with each.
For example Monica Denevan’s intimate work is only available as 20″ x  16″ Gelatin Silver prints in an edition of 25, with no exception.  Whereas Barry Cawston produces three different sized limited edtions.
Each print is signed, titled and numbered by the photographer.  We, as the gallery, also provide a Certificate of Authenticity which is signed by one of our directors and stamped.
Pricing
The price of a particular print is driven by scarcity of supply.  This means if the original edition was small or if only a few prints of the edition remain available it will be sold at a higher price.   Typically a number of price points are set with the launch of an edition, for example, prints 1-5 of an edition of 25 will be at a set starting price, prints 6-10 will be more expensive, 11-15 raised again and so on.  Editions among our artists vary in size from 3 to 35.

For current prices please contact us on:

Email info@capitalculture.eu  or  Tel  +44 (0) 20 7183 3770.

 

Photographic terminology

Ensayo (rehearsal) 001Palladium 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.