Photography by Brian Hartnett (207) 798-0098
About the art:
Brian Hartnett "My photography leads me on a search for subjects that reveal something interesting when exposed on film. I look to capture subject, texture, shape, tonality, colors, the illumination of available light or compositional elements".
About the media:
Your image is printed with archival pigment inks on matte finish 8.5" x 11" or 13" x 19" heavy weight 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free, archival fine art paper. The image is signed on the border.
I can, upon request, mount your print in an 11" x 14" gallery white mat (8 1/2" x 11" print). Some images are offered as an 13" x 19" sized print but not mounted. Prints are crafted by me. I use archival quality mats and mounting board which are manufactured to meet or exceed the strict conservation standards for presentation by leading museums, preserving valuable artwork for decades
About the process:
Images are created from high resolution digital scans of the original negative and printed with Ultrachrome archival pigment ink onto various substrates including canvas, and fine art archival papers. The archival pigment ink printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.
The quality of archival pigment ink printing rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum and numerous Soho galleries. In a total fine art print market that's increasing by about 3% a year, the market for archival pigment ink prints is growing at more than 60% a year. Recent auctions of archival pigment ink prints have sold for tens of thousands of dollars confirming archival pigment ink printing's place in the art world.
Wilhelm Imaging Research testing indicate over 100 years life for color Ultrachrome archival pigment ink color images and 200 years for black and white Ultrachrome archival pigment ink images with no noticeable fade. I do recommend collectors treat their prints the same as they would an original piece of art. The print should be protected from moisture. You should never expose any type of artwork to prolonged direct sunlight or other harsh conditions.
"Open editions" versus "limited editions" :
The "limited edition" is from the world of fine art printmaking. The "original" was a plate or stone carved by hand by the artist. By carving or marking the printing surface (typically stone, wood, or copper) the artist created a printing plate. The prints were then made from this single custom printing plate, using the metal, stone or wood block loaded with ink then pressed against the paper to make the image. The repeated process eventually wore the "stamp" and later printed copies were of lesser quality until the artist discarded the stone or wood block. Since it was a one of a kind of plate, this would end the edition. The earlier prints in the edition were considered to be more valuable because they were less affected by the deteriorating printing plate. This method of limiting the number of prints may or may not be appropriate for photography, it is not my current practice.
Offering an "open edition" whereby I sign but do not sequentially number each print, allows me to make my images available to a wider audience at more affordable pricing.
Shipping costs are not included in the price. I accept credit card payment through Paypal.