We offer several different paper types, including canvas, for all of the unframed prints
on this site. Each paper has its advantages and specialties, as well its own price.
Silver Gelatin Black and White Fiber Prints
These prints are a small miracle for digital photography. Until very recently, these prints were not available from digital files, and even now they are rare. Silver gelatin fiber prints are the same, traditional, silver halide prints that your grandparents and great grandparents enjoyed. Their quality is amazing and their archival nature is unsurpassed.
We are excited about this possibility to print your black and white images on traditional silver gelatin fiber paper. The prints are archival, lasting for more than 200 years, and are fade free. The black color on the paper is silver halide which does not fade in the light, so as long as the paper holds up, the image will be there. You can still see prints from the 1800's for this reason.
This paper is also archival and acid free. You should store in an archival environment with acid free matting or framing when possible. If these prints are cared for, they will last many lifetimes.
The cost of printing on this paper is considerable, but the value is undeniable. This paper is for black and white only.
20x30" (50.8x76.2cm) $707
16x24" (40.6x70cm) $353
8x12" (20.3x30.5cm) $123
Hahnemuehle Photo Rag 308 Paper
The unique look and feel of Hahnemuehle photo rag paper has become a sought-out, fine art paper for photography. In fact, it is often thought of as an industry standard with optical brighteners. The acid-free, archival nature of the paper makes it suitable for long term display, though it is more delicate than the silver gelatin prints described above. We do not know the exact life of these prints but they are estimated to be very long term.
This bright, white, one-hundred-percent-rag-based paper is well suited for photographic output. It is a heavy, 308-grams-per-square-meter paper, which provides the weight of an art paper, with a smooth calendered surface to pick up up every detail captured in the photograph. It's thickess is 0.48 mm.
Hahnemuehle photo rag paper provides excellent image sharpness and optimum color graduation. The coating also offers a very high level of water resistance. But unlike the silver gelatin prints, it is not water proof. Prints are made with ink jet printers, which use water based inks.
Use and store at a relative humidity of 35 to 65% and a temperature of 10 to 30º C (50º – 86ºF.) Use care in handling, as the surface susceptible to abrasion. Store papers in archive quality envelopes, folders, and boxes. Use only archive grade tapes and glues for mounting & framing.
This arguably one of the finest, fine art papers for ink jet printing on the market today. Though much less than the silver gelatin prints, the prices for Hahnemuehle photo rag paper reflect its value. Prints can be color or black and white.
20x30" (50.8x76.2cm) $312
16x24" (40.6x70cm) $195
8x12" (20.3x30.5cm) $95
Canvas Gallery Wrap
Looking for a print that you don't have to frame? Gallery wraps are a contemporary solution to this age old problem. The image is printed on canvas, stretched and wrapped around the edges of a wood frame. Unlike traditional stretcher frames, the staples are hidden on the back side of the frame instead of showing on the side.
The result is a clean, contemporary look which saves the expense of framing.
The canvas has a matte finish, white tone and is acid free. Both color and black and white images look great in this format.
Pricing is a bit less than Hahnemuehle photo rag paper, with no additional expense needed to frame the print. It arrives ready to hang.
Are you giving a gift? If you don't know what kind of frame would match your recipient's decor, choose a gallery wrap where the print is its own frame! These gallery wraps can also be framed at a later point, if desired.
The weight of the canvas 450 grams per square centimeter.
20x30" (50.8x76.2cm) $296
16x24" (40.6x70cm) $209
Innova Cold Press Watercolor Paper
The artistic look and feel of watercolor paper can make some images stand out in the crowd. This paper is especially good for images that have a moody or painterly look to them. Flowers and water scenes and fog come to mind.
The paper has a textured finish and a satisfying weight, 315 grams per square centimeter. Collectors who like to handle the print out of the frame will appreciate this paper's rigidity and surface feel. It is a neutral-toned, acid-free paper made from 100% cotton rag. Black and white also looks outstanding on this paper: rich and multidimensional.
Other features include: excellent color gamut, great color accuracy, natural white (no optical brighteners). There is some debate as to whether optical brighteners shorten the lifespan of archival prints. So far not much ground has been gained in either camp. We will know for sure in 200 years!
The price for watercolor paper is less than Hahnemuehle photo rag paper and can be an interesting alternative for budget conscious shoppers. The watercolor paper has a texture that the Hahnemuehle paper does not. Prints can be color or black and white.
20x30" (50.8x76.2cm) $239
16x24" (40.6x70cm) $135
8x12" (20.3x30.5cm) $72
Inkpress Rag Cool Tone Paper
This fine, quality, artistic paper is heavy weight (300 grams per square centimeter). With 95% brightness, it reproduces color and black and white beautifully, and is used by painters as well. It is especially light and water resistant for an ink jet paper and is 100% rag, acid-free and archival.
The price is equal to the Innova watercolor paper described above.
20x30" (50.8x76.2cm) $239
16x24" (40.6x70cm) $135
8x12" (20.3x30.5cm) $72
Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper
This economical ink jet paper is commonly used in the framed prints ordered on this site. It has a luster finish with a cheerful sheen and high ink saturation. The weight is 250 grams per square inch.
It reproduces color and black and white prints with outstanding resolution. It has a very large color gamut and is an RC (resin coated) paper, like the Kodak Endura and Kodak Endura Metallic papers mentioned below. Though it is an RC paper, it is printed by ink jet, not traditional photographic wet process. The result is a subtle look which lends itself nicely to fine art prints.
The cost is very reasonable:
20x30" (50.8x76.2cm) $155
16x24" (40.6x70cm) $87
8x12" (20.3x30.5cm) $46
Kodak Endura Metallic Paper
I have been a fan of this paper since it first came out around 2002. It's metallic look yields very saturated colors and deep, rich blacks for black and white. It is also said to be more archival than traditional RC prints, such as the Kodak Endura prints mentioned below. Though I must say that Kodak Endura is very archival, with an estimated lifespan of 200 years.
If you want a look that will catch people's eyes when the walk by, use Kodak Endura Metallic paper. It is also intriguing to create small prints with this paper, which will draw people into the frame.
The paper is inexpensive and of high quality:
20x30" (50.8x76.2cm) $140
16x24" (40.6x70cm) $75
8x12" (20.3x30.5cm) $40
4x6" (10 x 15 cm) $24 - printed on 5x7" (13 x 18 cm) paper
Kodak Endura Paper
This paper is the best of the traditional, wet-process, photo paper. It is archival, supposedly to 200 years, and yields excellent color and black and white prints. The matte finish lends itself nicely to fine art, and is more durable than the ink jet papers listed above.
Kodak Endura is also the least expensive paper if you are on a budget.
20x30" (50.8x76.2cm) $120
16x24" (40.6x70cm) $54
8x12" (20.3x30.5cm) $30
4x6" (10 x 15 cm) $18 - printed on 5x7" (13 x 18 cm) paper
Hopefully these descriptions answer your questions, if you have further inquires please contact us
and we will be happy to assist you.