Frequently Asked Questions
This website is active as of march 26, 2017.
How are the images scanned and processed ?
All opaque documents are scanned with an Epson V700 - a very reliable and super-sharp machine. Double-pages are carefully stitched together, color-casts gotten rid of, white points, marks and smudges erased, contrast and color balance fine-tuned so all of the original material is reproduced with absolutely no loss in the process. I will NOT, however, clean everything up enough so that an image produced in 1967 looks like it was made last week - thou shalt not cheat on time.
No de-screening software is used, ever, as the screening is all that is left of the original document (slide, print, Ektachrome) : to wish to get rid of the screening is... to lose even more. The end result is as sharp as can be, at the very limit of what can be done with pre-printed material. Fifteen years of experience allow me to perform this work very efficiently, and always with utmost respect for the originals and extremely demanding standards.
How are the images printed ?
The actual prints are made with an Epson SC-P800 and its original Epson "Ultrachrome HD" pigment inks. Image size is generally of 42cm in width (= 17") ; length vary upon the original but while most images reach a x2 or x3 ratio (42 x 55…65cm), a few can reach one... meter !
The printing papers are : Epson Archival Matte (standard, 190gsm), Hahnemühle PhotoRag (beautiful, 308gsm) and Hahnemühle Museum Etching (ultimate, 350gsm). All prints are matte and coated with an invisible spray for UV protection.
More details about the PhotoRag (beautiful) : here and here ; about the Museum Etching (ultimate) here and here.
Both these papers are OBAs-free (optical brighteners) and made of a pure cotton base - absolute everlast.
The Museum has the edge on quality because of its texturing which allows, despite its matte finish, vivid colors more closely associated with glossy papers. Due to its thickness, an order of n prints on that paper might call for (slight) additional shipping expenses.
The Epson Matte has a little amount of OBAs and is layered on a cellulose base with a softer, flatter surface ; it's a thinner and texture-less PhotoRag, not as beautiful but cheaper. However, rest assured, the Epson Matte is what I use for my clients daily : it is a very nice paper already.
How many prints are available ?
This a limited series project. For any given image a maximum of 40 prints will be made on "standard" paper, 30 on "beautiful" paper and 10 on the "ultimate" paper. Once the 80th print (40+30+10) will have been made, that image will be "sold out". A small ID tag describing the file name, paper type and print number will be printed on the back of the print to confirm its status.
How many images will there be in this collection ?
Difficult to say because I really do own thousands of sources... the overwhelming majority of which was either uninteresting, badly printed and/or even more horribly photographed. Keeping my strict rules strict, I guess about 450. That's a lot of wall space :)
Each Month I'll add a few images in a dedicated section ("new april'17" for this month) ; once the month is passed those images will be moved to the main display sections ("collection #1 and #2").
I want six posters - do you offer rebates ?
Yes : for three prints ordered, a fourth one, of your choice, is added free of charge and for six prints, two more are offered. For ten prints ordered we stop counting beans. Free prints are printed on standard paper only, they come on top of the normal maximum of 40 prints and will be tagged as such.
Can I have several images printed on one single print ?
One image, one print.
Are the prints tagged with your logo as on the website ?
Of course not !
Can you print bigger ?
About half of the images selected, scanned and processed could stand being enlarged to an A1 size....
BUT : if A3 is always too small, A2 (17") really is the fine format for home display. That said, depending on the image, it is possible but it won't be me printing them so... pricier.
How do I display and/or store the prints ?
Prints should be framed. Avoid at all costs direct sunlight and halogen lamps. 90% humidity, too. Print lifetime should be of 20 years for the Epson paper and a full century for the Hahnemühle. Unlike dye-based prints, pigment prints have a fairly fragile surface so do not rub, touch or ski on the print surface. Prints are better stored flat, separated by the cristal paper sheets used inside the transport box.
As seen in the sample images on the Look Book, the prints are shipped rolled inside a solid rectangular box ; allow for a week of resting, un-rolled, flat, before framing, especially for the beautiful and ultimate papers which are quite thick.
Prints are sold UN-framed as the latter have to fit your own decor and overall fancy. As image sizes vary a lot, expect a middle-of-the-road frame size of 55x70cm. Always use a neutral-pH "marquise" to separate the print from the glass, generally off-white in color. Always leave a bit more blank space at the bottom (but your framing fellow knows all of that if you dont :)