And with those words, Ansel taught us that photography will always be about the final product--the print. Print on metal, canvas, fine art paper, what have you, just make those prints happen.
If you've ever pondered the nature of my chosen business name and consider my personality, you may have sensed that I'm obsessed with print longevity and the permanence of my work. What will you remember on the other side of eternity?
So its no surprise that I'd choose fine art paper Hahnemühle to start a printed portfolio of my fine art photographs. Hahnemühle boasts the oldest paper mill in Germany and soon, in our lifetimes, will be celebrating their 500th year in operation. After half a millennium, they certainly seem to have a few things down to a science as much as an art.
I wont lie to you: fine art papers aren't cheap. Think museum grade. This is where you turn when ordinary drug store photo paper just wont cut it. What makes a fine art paper so different? Why I'm glad you asked. First of all their quality control must be at the top of their game. Quality fine art paper starts with pH neutral water for an acid free base that wont yellow with time. Next, you'll notice the substantial weight of these papers. I could try to describe it, but you really should just come over and hold these in your hand yourself. Further, the finish of these papers are as varied as one photographers style to the next. There are smooth papers, darkroom style so-called F-type fiber papers, and mould made papers that are heavily textured for a watercolor, painterly feel. Finally, the microporous coating of fine art papers usually hold a lot more ink than your typical "glossy or matte?" option at the drug store or big box retailer. More ink on a quality paper means a long lasting print. How long? Check out the industry standard bearer for print longevity: Wilhelm Imaging Research. Expect my work to last at least 120 years framed behind UV glass and 200+ years in cool, dark storage.
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