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Technical Information

Summary:
The technology for creating great prints with a long lifespan has improved dramatically in recent years. All my prints are made with archival pigment inks on archival paper. The lifespan of these prints is much greater than traditional color darkroom prints and they have greater dynamic range and detail. These prints are matted with archival mats and held in place by archival linen tape. The prints are backed with archival mat boards or with acid free foamcore, and the overmats are white. I frame the prints in wooden frames using colors and styles that complement each individual image, but you can choose any frame I carry if you want. If you want unlimited options on frame and mat styles, I sell the images as bare prints so that you can display the photograph any way you want.

Printers:
I use an Epson 7900 archival inkjet printer with Ultrachrome HDR inks, I also print with an Epson 4800 with Ultrachrome K3 inks, and my older prints were done with an Epson 2200 printer with Ultrachrome ink. Depending on how the prints are stored or displayed, the colors will remain true for many decades or centuries. For information about the lifespan of Epson Ultrachrome inks, click here.

Paper:
I primarily use Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308 fine art photo paper. This is a 100% cotton fine art archival paper that is excellent for photographic reproduction. It has a matte surface so that it does not cause reflections, yet it holds fine detail. It is also very thick paper, so it doesn't curl easily. This paper is made by a German company that has been making fine art paper for over 400 years. Some of my older prints are on an archival luster or glossy paper stock, and those prints will also last for generations. For more information click here.

Overmat boards and backing boards:
I use 100% cotton 4 ply and 8 ply archival museum quality bright white mat boards. My backing board is either these same mat boards or a very thick acid-free foam core board.

Frames and glass:
I use two different kinds of frames, depending on the print size. For frames that are 22x28 and smaller, I use ready-made frames with ordinary framing glass. These frames are individually inspected by me before use to make sure each print looks great. For the larger prints, I custom make the frames using the finest moulding materials available, and these custom frames use a thick UV protected glass. Other glass options (i.e. non-reflective, museum glass, are available as options on all framed pieces in all sizes).

Ordinary Framing Glass protects the image from air pollution and dust as well as some ultraviolet light.

Conservation Clear Glass is a high-quality (and thick) glass that blocks 99% of ultraviolet light, so the print will "age" very slowly.

Reflection Control Glass will vastly reduce reflections (very useful in a light-filled environment with lots of windows), it also blocks 45% of the ultraviolet light and only mildly reduces detail and clarity in the image.

Museum glass is the most incredible (and expensive) glass of all. It eliminates reflections (in fact it looks like it is not even there) and blocks 99% of ultraviolet light.

With any glass, try to avoid direct sunlight on the print. Do not use ammonia-based glass cleaners on the high-end glass, I attach care instructions to the back of the frame when custom glass is used. For more information about the glass I use on custom frames, click here.