Question about C-print

Started Jan 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mark McCormick Senior Member • Posts: 1,176
Re: Question about C-print

sjstremb wrote:

Type C prints are less archival then pigmented inkjet prints on rag paper, as a result, I know from personal experience that museums and collections are less likely to purchase Type C prints.

Photography curators ultimately collect artists and artwork they are interested in and deem worthy.  C-prints are often among those processes that end up in museums. If there is any bias at all, it's generally against that which is new, so for example, color prints were less collected in the 1960s and 70s than silver gelatin black& white, but by the 1990's color photography had become largely "accepted" as collectable. If anything, the collecting bias today is against inkjet and other "digital" processes, but that bias is also disappearing now that we are more than a decade into the inkjet printing era.

Smart curators understand the preservation issues of any process they collect, and thus for example, major museums typically provide for low temperature storage of C--prints because C-prints also fade faster at higher temperatures even when kept in total darkness. All artwork, including pigmented ink prints and C-print alike, are usually displayed under similarly controlled lighting conditions, UV content usually excluded.


Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow