Sabastio Salgado and James Nachtwey are two of my favorite photographers. Their printing methods are remarkable and quite similar in my opinion, with subtle differences here and there, but they do not print their own work. I do not have a name for Nachtwey's printer, but it is said that Salgado's work is printed by Philippe Bachelier.
I believe this to be true because I visited Bachelier's website, and although the subject matter is different, the manner in which the are images are printed are strikingly similar to Salgado's printed images. They have the same dark and grainy beautiful look about them that I so love. This guys work is AWESOME to me and in my opinion, he may be the best printer alive.
To make a long story short, does anyone know the method he uses to make his blacks so rich (eg. film, developer, developmet method etc.)?
How does he print an image so dark and grainy, but yet still have an equal balance of shadows and highlights?
This is the look that I am interested in, but am now quite sure where to start.
Any help will be thoroughly appreciated because I am baffled.
The link to Bachelier's website is: http://www.philippebachelier.com/
The link to Nachtwey's site is: http://www.jamesnachtwey.com/