Red River Metallic Silver Paper & Old Photos

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Red River Metallic Silver Paper & Old Photos
May 2, 2010

I am using 19x13 Red River Silver Metallic paper with a Canon i9900 and a Pro 9000. It looks like semi-gloss aluminum foil on a paper base, and takes dye ink well. I tried printing some old Native-American pictures taken by Edward Curtis at the turn of the last century, and the results were astonishing. The prints have a eerie, haunting, quality, very much like an old ambrotype, but much larger. Usually, when printing these old photos, I convert them to a sepia tone by using the duotone option in PS, but for this paper, I found that straight B&W works best. You still have to adjust the levels and contrast in PS and do considerable tedious repair work, as the original prints are in poor shape, but the result is well worth it.

Below is an example of a Curtis print that I had particularly good results with.

http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3c12219/

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