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    Write up on archival processing

    Does anyone have a simple, to-the-point quick write-up on archival processing that I could use? I have a print I am going to present to someone and I'd like the recipient to know how it was processed, what to expect, and why.

    I'd like to make copies of this write-up so copyrighted materials are out. I can write my own but I'm having problem coming up with simple, yet effective writing.

    If anyone has one and willing to share, it would be deeply appreciated.
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    Color, B&W, fiber base, resin coated??

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    Oh, sorry.... B&W, FB, and happily printed.
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    What, specifically, is your process?

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    Basically the archival processing described in most photography books, including Ralph's "Way More Than...".

    2 stage fixing, HCA, sufficient washing, toning (optional). Nothing special.
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    Do you mean "Way Beyond..."?

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    yes
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    I don't think you need to say too much. HCA, fix and selenium will mean nothing to most people. How about something like:
    My work is printed on double weight fiber based silver gelatin papers, and archivally processed to the highest standards. The finished work is mounted using acid free materials, ensuring the longevity of your photograph.

    You can look at the websites of silver gel printers, and see how they word it, to get more (and better) ideas...

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    Right.

    I have no intentions of mentioning HCA, fix, and all that - as you say, those technical details mean nothing to the general public.

    I have seen a great article on someone's website once that explains archival B&W processing in everyday language. It was something like a half page long and was intended for non-photographers and "the buying public". Unfortunately, I don't remember where I saw it to ask for permissions.
    Last edited by tkamiya; 07-26-2011 at 08:13 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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    How's this?

    This print was produced entirely by hand by me using a black and white film and time honored processes in a traditional darkroom. Materials and processes are of the highest quality currently available.

    The photograph was printed on a double-weight fiber based silver gelatin paper by projecting an image from the negative, then processed through multiple chemical baths to reveal the image, then washed and protected. The expected life span of the print is in excess of 100 years when kept in a protected environment. Please handle the print with care as oil from your hand can affect its future condition. Having it framed in archival quality material and UV protected glass or in an archival quality folder is the best way to display or store this photograph.
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