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from the archives: darkroom prints.

26 Jun 2011

Found these photos of Nancy and Theron in a box of test prints back from when I took a darkroom class at the New School in spring, 1998.  I’ve waxed a bit already about the wonders of making your own prints, but unearthing these yesterday really made me realize that relying on a scanner to simply translate the negative onto the screen, or a basic machine printer to put the image to paper, will get you only so far.  These even aren’t the best versions of my darkroom experiments, but goodness!, there’s so much more nuance here than what I’ve seen in my more recent black and white stuff.  That, and I think the old Pentax K-1000, for all of its basic, no-frills capabilities, really does capture a sort of perfect imprecision.

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