Tonight i printed on Galerie G3 using PQ print developer. The paper is about a 1/2 grade less contrasty than EMAKS G3. I would classify Galerie a G3. I agree the paper is different than Multigrade IV. I think it may be sharper. The finish and tone are nicer. I can reduce contrast by overexposing and shortening development. You still get strong blacks and nice mid tones. I'm looking at the 3rd neg/print run through 30 oz of developer; overexposed and developed for 100s. Print size is whole plate on 9x11 inch paper. The tone is neutral; complex, rich in nuance some middle gray warmth, with great micro contrast and mid tone separation. The print is rich enough without toning.
Each paper has unique characteristics. The ADOX papers are nice but I prefer the softer white and gloss of Galerie base paper v ADOX.
I've used Galerie off and on but I'm matching new negatives to its contrast curve. In some ways it is easier to print on graded. You are forced to match negatives to the paper and therefore are close when you print. I'm aware of VC advantages but if the negative is good the print on graded paper comes easy. Your main print control is dodging and burning.
In the late 70s a survey of photographers said they wanted this type paper. Behind David Vestal's writing for Popular Photography the community of photographers partitioned manufacturers to produce their best. Galerie is the last of the great graded papers. It would be a shame if it was no longer manufactured.
Last edited by Richard Jepsen; 02-05-2013 at 12:50 AM. Click to view previous post history.