RE: VanDyke Brown

From: Judy Seigel ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 05/11/04-08:09:45 PM Z
Message-id: <Pine.NEB.4.58.0405112201010.25085@panix1.panix.com>

On Tue, 11 May 2004, Don Bryant wrote:
> I've used Ilford WT MG IV fiber toned in selenium and I don't think the look
> of a VDB is quite comparable.
>
> For a comparison look at this photo printed on Ilford WTMGIV toned in
> selenium:
>
> http://www.apgphoto.org/about/portfolio2001/bryant.shtml
>
> and compare it to these VDBs printed by Wynn White:
>
> http://unblinkingeye.com/Articles/Vandyke/vandyke.html
>
> IMO, the highlights in Ilford paper tend to show the effects of the toner
> where as the VDB highlights tend to show the color of the paper base. Of
> course the warm tones are a different color also.

It seems to me that the difference between a VDB on an artists' paper and
a photograph on silver gelatin (factory) paper, however it's been exposed,
developed, or toned, is going to be more than can be seen on a monitor.
The *paramount* difference is the surface, the texture, the tactile effect
of an emulsion in paper, or ON paper-- right out in the air, mother naked,
NOT buried in gelatin. It's quite possible to prefer the silver-gelatin
version, I'm sure some people do, but you can't judge from the monitor
which only shows phosphor behind glass.

Judy
Received on Tue May 11 20:09:59 2004

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