s a film photographer, I am proud to make fine art silver prints of my photos and make them available to you either as prints of specific images or as part of my photographic services. These prints are something special – they are beautiful, deep prints, and they’re handmade in my personal darkroom. These are photos that will last decades or more.
Much like film photography, silver printing is quickly becoming an artisanal process. Requiring a darkroom and a negative image, silver printing involves exposing paper treated with a light-sensitive emulsion (like a negative) and then developing it in chemistry to create a final image (also like a negative).
When done properly, silver prints can create images with resolution so fine you can’t discern the smallest particles of the image with your eye – unlike a commercial inkjet printer where close inspection can sometimes reveal the pixels that make up the image. Silver printing can create something close to a three-dimensional image: the depth that you can appreciate in the image is unrivalled in anything else.
If you process a silver print correctly – and it takes training – silver printing can be a very archival process. Silver prints can last hundreds of years, or even longer. In fact, some silver prints printed in the 1800s are still going strong today. This is because the image on the paper is actually made out of silver. Digital inkjet prints are either pigment or dye prints, and can (and do) fade over time and with exposure to light and air.
Silver prints are an investment in photos that you want to have and to cherish for some time – or to pass on to future generations. If you invest in silver prints, ensure they are printed and processed properly.
All of my prints are processed to archival standards, using high-quality silver gelatin printing paper and developing chemistry.