One thing I am not prepared to do at this point in my practice is develop film or paper. I do not have the time or the facilities to properly process either. Also it has been my observation through my years in the industry that, as far as gelatin silver prints, digital printing and editing has far surpassed the quality and control of darkroom printing. Another reason is size, I would like to produce large scale images and anything beyond 48” inches digital onto inkjet (PetaPixel, 2017) is the best option. The quality is better, it is cheaper, and you have more control in the digital editing process. The people within the images are going to be printed near live size, I want them to be engaging and confront the viewer.
The one paper I do want to work with is a fibre based paper as it is thicker and it reminds me of fibre based silver gelatin paper I used to use in the darkroom. I recently did some testing printing on a assortment of fibre rag papers, Canson Platine Fibre Rag, Epson Exhibition Fibre, Hahnemuhle Baryta Glossy, and Hahnemuhle Baryta Satin they all have gsm of about 300 a nice thicker paper stock.
I decided on the Hahnemuhle Baryta Glossy I like the finish and this like fibre based papers silver gelatin papers it has a barium-sulphate gelatin applied to the paper ground to produce purer whites and richer blacks and is archival, The Getty Conservation Institute (2018).
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Parallax Photographic Coop. (2016) The Difference Between Resin Coated And Fibre Based Paper. Available at: https://parallaxphotographic.coop/the-difference-between-resin-coated-and-fibre-based-paper/ [Accessed on: 17 Aug, 2019]
Machinski, J (2019) 44x54 Baryta Glossy Print for the Migrant Narrative Show (Unpublished).
Machinski, j (2019) Paper Choices (Unpublished).
Nickelson, J. 2017, Fine Art Inkjet Printing, Rocky Nook.
PetaPixel (2017). An Interview with Edward Burtynsky. Available at: https://petapixel.com/2017/04/13/interview-edward-burtynsky/ [Accessed on: 17 Aug, 2019]