Printmaking For Archival Permanence

I personally print and hand-mount all of my photographs in my home in order to maintain control of the entire process and to ensure quality of the final product. I currently use an Epson 7890 inkjet printer with K3 Ultrachrome inks. The printing papers in use are Canson’s Platine Rag and Baryta Photographique, both 100% cotton, acid free, conservation quality papers. I use the printer’s Photo Black ink on these papers to achieve the maximum tonal range and luster and a deep richness in the blacks.

All prints are made with white borders. Each print is inspected and signed in the lower right front corner in the white border area below the image. I then dry mount the print on Bainbridge museum quality conservation board. The window overmat leaves the full image exposed along with the signature. These materials and this process are intended to ensure maximum print longevity.

The prints are mounted on boards cut to standard frame sizes in order to make it easy for you to select whichever custom or pre-made framing options you may desire. Size 1 prints are mounted on 16×20 boards, Size 2 on 18×24, Size 3 on 20×24, and Size 4 on 32×40. All prints are delivered with an acid-free foam core backing board, so they are ready to slip into a frame fully protected.

Tea Staining

Some of my smaller, quieter and more intimate images benefit from a tea stain bath that imparts a beautiful warmth and antique effect. I have indicated on the pricing page which prints are available for this option.

The tea bath is made with distilled water and acid neutralized so that the acid free printing paper is not compromised. Once the print is stained it is air dried on a screen, then the white borders are trimmed off leaving just the image area. The print is dry mounted and the signature is applied to the mount board just under the print. The window overmat clears the edge of the print by 3/8 inch, leaving a white border around the print created by the exposed mount board.

Prints may be ordered with or without the tea staining option. There is an extra charge of $100 for this process. All prints are made to order, and since I only do tea staining once every couple of weeks, it may add to the lead time to produce the print.

Framing

I currently offer an option to frame Size 4 prints only. The frames are Neilson Style 117 metal in Contrast Gray, which is what I use for the public display of my work. I use plexiglass to reduce weight and eliminate breakage problems during shipping. Any Size 4 print (32×40 frame size) may be ordered with frame for an additional fee of $300. This is generally quite a bit less than the cost of having the piece framed by an art frame shop like Michael’s or Aaron Bros. But the commercial frame shop will give you a variety of custom framing options that I cannot offer.