I’ve been making colorprints for many years. I first began making “C” prints (Chromogenic prints using traditional chemicals and processes.) You make a 4×5 internegative from a transparency and then print from the internegative. I learned to color correct using color filters and I think I got pretty good at it. From there I started to play around with “R” prints (Reverse prints) which are prints made directly from a transparency. This is when Cibachrome became popular because the prints were more archival and they seemed three dimensional with their vibrant rich colors on glossy paper. They are now referred to as Ilfochrome Prints. Well I have to tell you, the “C” prints no matter how good they were, they eventually faded in the light and I don’t necessarily mean direct sunlight either. The Cibachromes were better in that respect. From there I began making digital prints using Epson Printers which I’ve been extremely happy with. When I print I am really picky and want them to be as close to the original as can be. Almost every print that has been in an exhibit and in our Gallery has been made by myself. I pride myself in my printing. One day I made a quick and dirty digital photo and brought it to friend’s home in celebration of a special day as a joke. My friends actually put it in their window and it has been there for a number of years. Every time I go over I’m amazed as it still has not noticeably faded in any way. The digital prints that are made nowadays are totally amazing in the way they hold up without fading. One day this Master printer (well kind of) was talked into trying some prints made by AdoramaPix and I was more than pleasantly surprised with the quality of their printing for the cost. When I received the prints back I was looking to tear them apart but you know what? They are amazingly good and I certainly would recommend them to my students and anyone else for that matter.
The other day I tried a different type of print, their Aluminyzed Metal Prints and again, I was totally blown away.
My partner Joe DiMaggio turned me onto AdoramaPix books and again, I was a little tentative until he showed me three books he did. Without telling me he did a book using my photos from a trip I made to France to visit my life-long friend Marie-Therése a french restauranter, and again I loved the printing.