Ouch! Being rude with a print :-)

Davide Barranca —  — 2 Comments

I ran into this video some years ago, and I’ve always, vividly, remembered it as one of the worst examples of a rude behavior towards an innocent print 🙂

D-Roller video

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Actually, I’ve always considered Michael Reichmann’s Luminous Landscape one of the best websites around for professionals in the photography and printing business – both for his independency and, above all, for Michael’s sober style.

That’s the why I jumped off my chair when I saw him doing *that* to a print. Man, I could almost hear the paper’s fibers and coating groan and whimper! So when, early this week, I had to literally fight with a very large format (64″ x 94″), utterly curled print (we had to momentarily switch to Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta, since PhotoRag went temporarily out of stock, being FineArt a very rigid paper), I recalled Reichmann’s performance and I showed it to the image’s author I was printing for. Our policy is to never touch the printed surface – which is quite delicate – except for micro-retouches with a fine brush and acrylic paint (we’re maniacs and paranoids, we know) so you may understand why he too opened his eyes wide just like if Michael were slapping his mother 🙂

That said, if you’re into mothers slapping and de-curling curled papers, please find the original product review.

Disclaimer: I hope you recognize here some innocent irony and a deep respect to Mr. Reichmann: I mean, I still follow his terrific website even after I’ve seen what he did to that print! 🙂

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2 responses to Ouch! Being rude with a print :-)

  1. Yes, the roughness dished out towards that poor print does appear to be at an extraordinary level. However, I didn’t find your criticism of the video clear. Did you dislike the way he was throwing the print all over the table? Or is the actual method of using inverted rolling, which you consider unacceptable to remove curling? What’s a suitable de-curling method in your printing process? Thanks, and enjoying this website

  2. Hi James,
    In my experience over the years I’ve seen many professionals putting their fingers on the printed surface (“isn’t this beautifully textured?!!”). Knowing that the process of printing -> mounting -> framing is just an exercise on cumulative issues addition (print flaws + mounting flaws + framing flaws = colleagues criticism) if you aim for exhibition quality you know that:
    1. even after drying, the printed surface should be protected with some kind of tissue paper before rolling (I’m not sure “tissue paper” is the right english translation but you’ve got the idea)
    2. Inverted rolling is what I personally do when sending to the mounting guys, but I generally use rolls with diameter of about 30cm (12 inches), not the rolling pin Mr. Reichmann demoes in the video. For 64″ paper I use the same rolls the paper is shipped on, but I leave it flatten overnight (it depends on the paper brand, but for Hahnemuhle Photorag Baryta a 162x214cm – 64×84″ tends to accept inverted rolling quite better after some relax on a table – humidity and paper “freshness” plays a role too).
    3. It’s true that coating (and to some extent pigments) have some elasticity, but that exercise is better suited for tortellini rather than photographs, imho.
    4. My personal advice: unless you print very large format (i.e. you plan to mount), use sheets. Not cheaper, but you can recycle the box to keep the prints in it 🙂

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