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    This may have already been hammered into the ground in other threads, but...

    What would be your definition of a "fine print" as opposed to a "work print" (which may, of course, be produced from the self-same negative)?

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    The "fine print" is the one I am presently working on. The "working print" is the previous attempt.

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    The "Fine" print is the one where I've selected out of the series, after I've decided to stop. It is NOT always the last one ... I think that there is something of "overworking" involved.
    Come to think of it... It is usually the second or third print, out of as many as twenty prints of the same image.

    Note that I've said, "Fine". I am firmly convinced that there is no such thing as a "perfect" print, nor will there ever be.

    We just have to realize that we MUST stop somewhere.
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    I would consider a "fine" print to be what at the time you consider to be the best print you can produce from a negative. That is not to say at a later date you would not have a new interpretation of the negative.

    A fine print I think also means one that is archival, and at least mounted in a way that presents your work the best possible way. I don't think it has to be over matted and framed, but I don't believe that a final print sitting in a box is a fine print.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim68134
    I would consider a "fine" print to be what at the time you consider to be the best print you can produce from a negative. That is not to say at a later date you would not have a new interpretation of the negative.

    A fine print I think also means one that is archival, and at least mounted in a way that presents your work the best possible way. I don't think it has to be over matted and framed, but I don't believe that a final print sitting in a box is a fine print.
    I've got to confess that I can't quite understand this as a definition.

    "Archival" ... well, OK. But ... just how "archival"? Twenty years, thirty... three months?.

    I certainly think there is more to a "fine" print than the technical aspect. We can do all the technical things "right", Dmax, Dmin, all the sundry others, but would that make a poorly composed pile of dog crap into a "fine" print?

    ..."Best possible presentation,", "but not necessarily matted and framed... " I'm trying to visualize this ... can you give an example?

    Now "sitting in a box" ... what does the location or surroundings have to do with the merit of the print itself? A print sent to a photography editor could very well arrive in a "presentation box" ... quite possibly "not the best presentation possible" ... but appropriate.... but still, I don't see any effect to the print itself.
    Carpe erratum!!

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    I don't use that word "fine" to determine the difference between the work print and the "final" print. We use the term finished. A finished print has been toned and spotted. It may or may not be mounted with a window, but usually is placed on a backbroad or in an archival sleeve.

    Does this mean that this is the final version. Depends on changing vision, view point, etc.

    Would need to do some research on were the term "fine art" comes from, but I suppose it has been used for a long time to put a name to work that is not "commerical" ie. ads, etc.

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    I understand what you are saying Ed. I guess everyone will have a definition of what they consider a final incarnation of a print. And of course the context for which it is to be used as per your example of the photo editor. If I were to share a group of prints in an informal setting and they were loose in a box unmounted, the best prints I can produce, I would consider those still work prints. For my own work, I don't consider a print a fine print, (gallery quality or ready to be purchased) untill it is spotted and mounted and overmatted if it is going up on a wall somewhere.

    And I agree that it is very easy, especially when starting out in the darkroom to fuss over a print, making every possible adjustment and try every combination of developers, papers toners etc. Like a lot of things, it seems my first few prints are the best and after that I just waste paper with other ideas.

    As far as archival standards, I don't produce any work for someone else that is not processed to accepted long term archival standards. That would encompass proper fixing and washing techniques, archival treatment in selenium, sulphide or gold and mounting on an archival mounting board. under proper storage and display, such a print should last at least 100 years.

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    Just as a point of interest, isn't fine and final and finished all the same meaning. Are they not derivitives from the same word. In Italian isn't fine, the word fine (with the accent on the "e" - pronounced feen eh) meaning final.

    MIchael McBlane

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    a fine print is one that you are willing to put your name to, with all that implies.

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    I'm with that one. For me it is about getting my vision to match up with what is on the paper.
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