A CARBON TRANSFER PRINT is a unique handmade work of art. It is a pigment and gelatine based photographic process, renowned for its remarkable beauty and archival stability because of the use of pigments over dyes. It has rich shadows, wide tonal range, sharp definition, richness of colour rendition and is considered to be the finest of all the photographic processes. A 19 th century technique that was first invented in 1855, it is highly sought after by collectors. Though only a handful of artists worldwide practice it professionally, it is currently experiencing a revival with artists and photographers seeking a high-quality analogue alternative to digital production.
Unframed 23 cm x 34.7 cm
Limited edition of 10
Katayoun Dowlatshahi, The Death of Innocence, 2021
Carbon prints are enormously difficult, time consuming and expensive to make but no other pigment-based process can produce blacks and depth of shadows as dark as the carbon process. Another highly sought-after characteristic of the medium is the depth of the pigmented gelatin layers that render the image with a subtle relief. Black & white or full colour carbon transfer prints can be produced using a single, double or triple transfer method. It is a highly versatile medium that can be transferred to a wide variety of surfaces, in particular paper and glass.
Historically, light sensitivity was procured through the use of potassium dichromate, a chromium salt, now considered to be a harmful carcinogen. My production method uses light sensitive diazo compounds, considered to be a safe alternative to dichromate and more stable. No other chemicals are used in the production of these prints and development of the exposed images takes place in hot water.
Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery from the date of your order