What is Fine Art?

Many wonder what Fine Art photography would be.

Some associate the type of print, paper and ink.


The Fine Art printing method (in the case of photography) can be conceptualized as the printing of a photograph through a process of placing mineral pigment on cotton fiber paper or alpha cellulose, among other quality materials, always using the most rigorous color management and state-of-the-art equipment, aiming at an excellent result.

Therefore, the printer, paper and ink are all essential elements. Every step is important, from capturing the photo, processing it on a calibrated monitor, to the final print.

And behind all this there is a qualified professional who is knowledgeable in all stages of production of a Fine Art work.


 

What I think?

Fine Art photography is simply the result of a record, what I convey with a photo and that joins the interpretation that each person gives to it. It’s my work itself, the final project, my form of expression — within my subjectivity and within your perspective.

The photo goes through the entire Fine Art production and printing process, in order to acquire that status of perfection.

It’s still art, is it?


Below I will cite and exemplify some of the types of papers most used in photograph printing such as works of art, their characteristics and curiosities.

Photo Rag 308g/m2

  • 100% cotton.

  • One of the most used papers by photographers around the world, not to mention the favourite.

  • It has an exceptional quality and light texture to enhance the images.

  • Soft white, ideal for color or B&W photographs, with a matte surface.

  • Subject to storage, exhibition and conservation conditions, they can last up to 250 years.

Rag Baryta 315g/m2

  • 100% cotton with natural semi-gloss.

  • The response to black and white is sensational.

  • It also has “museum” quality of conservation and aging resistance.

  • For portraits of people, especially in B&W, it is unbeatable.

  • It’s like a Rag, but with a layer of semi-gloss, making the impression more impactful.

Canvas 395g/m2

  • Polyester and Cotton.

  • You know that canvas that looks like a painting? This is where Canvas comes in.

  • Makes the photographic print look like a handmade painting.

  • Malleable, practical and versatile, as if it were a fabric.

  • Can be used on frames or stretched on wooden chassis.

  • It doesn’t need glass, considering its heavy grammage and durability.

  • Varnish is usually applied to its surface.

Matte 200g/m2

  • Alpha Cellulose.

  • It is not considered a Fine Art paper. However, it goes through the same printing procedure.

  • It has no gloss (it’s matte), and it has a good color or B&W response as well.

  • Smoother tones and excellent reproduction of high definition images.

  • Great option for photographers who want to enter the world of art.

  • Excellent cost-effectiveness and good durability.

Satin 240g/m2

  • Alpha Cellulose.

  • It is not considered a Fine Art paper. However, it goes through the same printing procedure.

  • It has a shine and is softly textured.

  • Great cost-benefit for use in paintings, albums and exhibitions.

  • Great option for photographers who want to enter the world of art.

  • Excellent cost-effectiveness and good durability.

I hope you enjoyed knowing a little more about this world of Fine Art production within the photographic field.

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