Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions are the most frequently asked. I'll revise the list as more questions make the list. I typically get the questions prior to the sale of a print. Feel free to reach out at anytime with questions. I am always happy to answer whatever comes my way.
Do you print on canvas? – The short answer is no. I printed a few rolls of canvas and found out that canvas fails to come even remotely close to meeting the demands of my extreme quality. Photographic images tend to look much better on traditional paper
Do you offer limited editions? Yes and No. My Platinum Palladium prints are all limited editions. The platinum palladium process is time consuming and demanding. Pulling hundreds of hand-crafted platinum palladium print of the same image makes very little sense. All of my inkjet prints are all offered as open editions prints.
Do you print on metal? No. I tested metal and found far too many technical problems. The metal media varies in thickness from batch to batch. This requires the print head on the printer to be set just slightly above the metal. The distance of a few millimeters can cause the print head to collide into the metal. All it takes is one collision of the head into the metal to kill the printer.
Do you offer framing services? Yes. At the present time, I cut all of my matts up to 12”x30” panoramic, and 24”x30” on the rectangular format. Right now I work with a framer in New York for my own frames. I'll be cutting my own frames in the late spring. These frames are a basic design that is painted black for most images. For Platinum Palladium I will be offering a more traditional darker natural wood. I use both traditional and non-glare glass. The best glass that I use is Tue-Vue glass, which is glare free and has no optical distortion.
Are your prints archival? Yes. The term archival is so objective that the real meaning has been misunderstood for decades. The longevity or life expectancy of a photographic print is generally what is meant by archival. There are three factors for archival permanence. The quality of inks, the quality of the paper and the environmental conditions where the print is displayed. The printer inks that I use are certified as archival. The paper I print on is certified as archival as well. The estimates of an inkjet life expectancy vary. The best estimates are 100 years before fading. Using UV absorbing glass will greatly increase the life expectancy of a digital print. My platinum palladium prints are as archival as it gets. They will never fade or deteriorate. The paper would need to deteriorate first. The estimates of a properly processed platinum palladium print are over 1,000 years. That's correct. One thousand years.
What is an optical drum scanner? A drum scanner uses photomultiplier tubes as opposed to charged coupled devices (CCD). Flatbed scanners use CCD's to record the image. The drum scanner passes light through optical glass tubes that record the light. Most of the smaller drum scanners use red, green and blue channels to record the image. The negatives or transparencies are mounted with a special fluid under acetate on an acrylic cylinder or dum. The drum spins at an average of 900 revolutions per minute as the image is captured on a desktop computer.The end result of a drum scan is beyond what any modern day flatbed scanner can produce. Sadly the drum scanner is no longer produced. The remaining drum scanners will run until the drum falls off.
Do you offer glichee prints? Not really. The term glichee (zhee clay) was a term coined for images printed on a very special high end Iris printer. The inkjet printer was still in it's early days and was generally looked down upon in terms of quality. The term glichee was routinely misapplied to give the inkjet print a fancier sounding name. I worked with an Iris printer around 1994. The quality of a glichee print at that time was superior to any digital print offered. The Iris printer eventually gave way to the higher quality inkjet prints. The irony is that the quality of the glichee print is no where close to the modern inkjet print. The term glichee roughly translates to mean random ink sprayed from nozzles. Thus the adage, it's all in a name. My inkjet prints are printed with high quality inks that could never have been imagined at the time of the Iris printer.