Tom Smith said:You still haven't stated why you don't like cibachromes and rated them as 6th of 6 choices.
Are there any available samples of carbon color prints generally available anywhere for viewing? It sounds like they're really worth seeing.
I don't like Ciba/Ilfochromes because them remind me of shinny glossy laminated plastic place mats.
You can find some information on color carbon printing at Ataraxia Studios, http://www.atxstudio.com/pigment_prints.html
In addition to Ataraxia there is at least one other place in the US where color carbons are made commercially, and that is at Art and Soul Studio in Seattle, operated by Tod Gangler. I have seen some of the work he did with Ultrastable, by double transfer on a art paper, and it is very beautiful. Quite unlike many Ultrastable prints that are on white Mylar.
I made quite a number of color carbons and carbros over a 5-10 years period in the 80s but have not made any color prints since about 1994 and am currently more interested in monochrome. However, it is such a fascinating process I am tempted to try it again with computer generated separations, which would greatly simplify color balance.
There would not be much point in posting a computer image of a color carbon print because it would not show the wonderful dimensional quality of the surface, which is truly exquisite in color where the build-up of several layers of pigments gives an effect similar to that hills and valleys between the shadows and highlights. Moonochrome carbon prints can also show the dimension effect but only if th final image is on a relatively smooth surface.
My monochrome carbon prints on fine art papers are very low sheen and generally show very little relief.
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