Exploring the beauty of black and white photographs printed on silver gelatin baryta paper
I make all kinds of prints, from the usual archival inkjet on paper to handmade cyanotypes, but my favorite — and in my opinion, the pinnacle of photographic printing — is the silver gelatin print on baryta surface fiber paper.
In this quick video, watch as I unpack, examine, and sign a set of 16 x 24-inch enlargements that I recently had made for a client in Charleston. We will look at the paper surface in detail, and discuss why their contrast and tonal range make silver gelatin prints the best of the best.
In the photograph above, you can see how much volume and dimension the silver gelatin paper is capable of creating — these decorative brackets seem almost three-dimensional. And the dynamic range of the paper is incredible . . . the blacks are black and the whites are white, and the grays between are rich and subtle.
Thanks for reading!